GETAWAY TO KASAULI
This leaf, so complete in itself,
Is only part of the tree.
And this tree, so complete in itself,
Is only part of the forest.
And the forest runs down from the hill to the sea,
And the sea, so complete in itself,
Rests like a raindrop
In the hand of God.
– Ruskin Bond
by: Sayali Goyal
We are big believers of balance in life and hence recommend these meditation and yoga destinations within Delhi.
1. Zorba the Buddha that organises many healing activities, workshops and chants.
2. Aurobindo Ashram that invites public for daily meditations
3. Isha Foundation: This place offers 4-7 day programs for meditation in its various centres.
From the Atelier
On our recent trip to Jaipur we visited a block printing unit. Catch behind the scenes on our Instagram and shop handmade on https://www.scarletteateliers.com/shop/
We collaborated with Cocoa and Jasmine Zine to create a creative traveller’s magazine for you! All Scarlette residents can now enjoy this quarterly magazine with design and travel articles from India. For Issue one we have covered Agra, Varanasi, Jaipur and Delhi.
Art in Room Number 4
We support independant art and hence we got new art prints from Visual Artist and Traveller Sayali Goyal for Room 4. Next time you visit, do see the SEASCAPE collection.
Chai Masala DIY
Step 1: In a mortar, crush the cloves, cardamom pods and cinnamon, or use a coffee grinder.
Step 2 : Transfer the crushed spices to a small saucepan, add the water, ginger and pepper and bring to a boil.
Step 3: Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Add the milk and sugar to the pan and bring to a boil.
Step 5: Remove from the heat and add the tea.
Step 6: Cover and let steep for 3 minutes.
Step 7: Stir the chai, then strain it into a warmed teapot or directly into teacups.
Humans of Scarlette
Meet Aftab, our inhouse craftsman who makes all the beautiful products for Scarlette atelier. We are blessed to have a great team !
In the midst of summer, Mangoes come to our rescue. For volume two of Scarlette post, we bring you our favourite Indian Drink’ Aam Panna’ which translates to Mango juice. Further, extending our love for Indian design and textiles, we feature a getaway to the Holy City of Benaras which homes generations of weavers as well as document the first print biennale in the capital. Lastly, we believe that our lovely team is the backbone of the experience we provide at Scarlette, and this month we want to tell you more about Lynn who has been part of the family for four years!
GETAWAY TO BENARAS
Benaras, known as the city of Ganges or Kashi, the city of Lord Shiva attracts millions of travellers since centuries for its mystic nature. However, we were not only fascinated by its charming ghats but also the underground handloom industry that has existed since buddha! We delved deeper into the areas of Peeli Kothi with locals who introduced us to weavers who have been part of the heirloom business for many generations and work on creating fabrics and saris made of pure silk yarn. Naseem, one the weavers we met tells us that most of the yarn comes from China or from a village close to Bangalore and is twisted in Benaras. After the process of dying, it takes up to 25 days on a handloom to make one sari! Most patterns are still inspired by flora and fauna, however, designers are re-inventing the potential of this cottage industry and geometric and more contemporary repeats can also be found in this hidden gems. An interesting fact an rarely would people know that Benaras is not only the city where Buddhism meets Hinduism, or where king Siddhartha’s brocades were woven but also one of the largest cottage industry to wooden toys! Next time you are in this charming city, do not forget to bring back some and support the craft.
Words and Photos by Sayali Goyal
We visited the First Print Biennale at the National Gallery of Modern art, Delhi that showcases eminent printmakers of India. Some of the participants are Shuvaprassana Bhattacharya, Dilip tamuly, Vijay Kumar, Kashinath Salve, Zarina Hashmi, Devyani Krishna, Krishna Reddy and more. Walking through the old wing of this gallery, monochrome colour palettes caught our attention. Focus on textures and techniques is apparent and adds to the open field of interpretation. White walls of this maze-like gallery compliment the overall structure and fluidity of the works. An afternoon well spent with inspiration from around the country. NGMA also hosts works of many traditional and legendary artists like Raja Ravi Verma, Amrita Shergill and more. For the ones looking to take back a souvenir, the art shop in the gallery has prints and books.
Words and Photos by Sayali Goyal
* Begin by rinsing the raw mangoes in water.
* Steam the raw mangoes in a pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles until they become completely soft and pulpy.
* Remove the peel and take out the mango pulp.
* Mix the cardamom powder, salt and jaggery to the mango pulp. You can also add brown sugar to taste and tamarind for the ones who like that extra tanginess!
* Mix the ingredients or blend to make it smooth. Serve with Ice.
FROM THE ATELIER
Featuring Our Mother’s day Range in the month of May. Show your mother love by gifting her these Hand Embroidered Khadi Cotton Pyjamas priced @180€ .
Shop at https://www.scarletteateliers.com/shop/
We visited the newly opened DEVAN cafe in Lodhi Colony, New Delhi. A go-to place for all authentic coffee lovers. This family-run business is the product of 4th generation entrepreneurs who excel the art of coffee and brew freshly roasted Indian origin coffee for you. From espressos to Turkish coffee, French filter press to Aeropress, they have it all. When in Delhi, we highly recommend you spend an afternoon chatting with co-travellers or reading a book in this quint cafe. They also sell Indian coffee and tea which can make for delicious souvenirs. Our favourites are the newly introduced cold brew sachets to beat the heat!
Words and Photos by Sayali Goyal
HUMANS OF SCARLETTE
Very shyly, Lynn agreed for this photo! Some of you might know her already, as she smiles and welcomes our guests at the Scarlette reception. Lynn has been with us for four years and when asked what is her favourite thing about this job, she say’ it’s the people. I love meeting new people and making sure their stay is comfortable.’ Work that allows human connection can be so satisfying!
We have added travel Experiences to our offering. Yes, you can book your travels with us now! Let us show you around Delhi or organise a getaway for you! Whether an art and design inspiration walk to personal shopping, architecture and food walk, we have it all covered. All you need to do is write us an email when you are booking your stay so we make sure all is done upon your arrival.
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As trees of Tesu line Delhi, we bid goodbye to spring to welcome an Indian summer. The city turns shades of Scarlette and what better time could it be to bring you our first issue of SCARLETTE POST, a newsletter sharing all things travel and design made with love. For Issue one, we have curated a recipe from our kitchen, a guide to getaway, reviewed a textile exhibit to inspire you as well as explored Delhi deeper only so you could experience more. We bring you behind the scenes from our atelier sharing our upcycled vintage finds as well as all the exciting initiatives at our home in Delhi.
GET AWAY FROM THE CITY
Let’s keep moving
Solo or together
Through lows and highs
Through shaded and sunny slopes
Through colours and tones
Through rocks and stones
Like whispering streams
Let’s bloom in the barren fields
Where water meets sand
Let’s keep moving
As summer approaches North India, we are already thinking of weekend getaways from Delhi. And what could be better than The Himalayas! Here is a curated guide to Leh for that creative traveller in you. LUNCH at Bon appetit and SHOP at The Apricot shop for local and organic juices and soaps. Jigmat couture for Pashmina and Gulshan Bookshop for Urdu and Persian Poetry translations can make for great buys. VISIT Leh palace for the best views of the city and climb monasteries and stupas. Stop at the highest cafe in the world for Kahwa and Maggi and Camp at Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake. Don’t forget to spot Zanskar and Indus rivers.
HUMANS OF SCARLETTE
From our Kitchen team, Meet Basanti and her wonderful Chocolate Cake. And yes, you can make it too! Here is the recipe:
Separate 6 egg whites and whisk till they form stiff peaks. Combine the (220gm) butter and (250gms) chocolate, melting over the stove and allow to cool down to room temperature before continuing. mix in the 4 Tps of cornflour, a pinch of salt, (200gms) sugar and egg yolk to chocolate mix. slowly fold in the beaten white eggs. Bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.
Influenced and Inspired by Gandhi and Martin Luther, Joseph Stein an American architect designed the India International Centre in 1962 with other institutional buildings like the current day Unesco, WWF, Habitat Centre and Triveni Auditorium.His philosophy was about simplicity and inclusive growth which can be seen in his architectural style with simple lines, exposed concrete and marrying of flora and fauna with the buildings. Use of local materials, keeping in mind functionality, modern regionalism became apparent. Lodhi Estate was chosen for such cultural buildings as it has a lot of natural light and due to its extensive greenery, he could imagine the indoor and outdoor merging. This was also inspired by Tagore’s way of thinking and hence one can see many planted trees from the 50’s. A balance of beauty, response to the cultural context are proving of him being a purist. Most elements like the sunscreen device, Hexagon and triangular cemented blocks to make ceilings, blue jaalis used as decorative elements inspired by the Lodhi gardens tombs, chips floorings, all were made on site and were prove of craftsmanship available at that time.
We recently visited an exhibit by Rita Chisti, a textile historian and Devi Art Foundation at the Crafts Museum called’ A sense of Five directions’. The exhibit featured brocades, patola silks, zari amongst other pattern and textures. We highly recommend you visit this exhibit in April.
FROM THE ATELIER
Featuring Our Chandigarh There is an interesting story that these chairs in the 60’s when Le Corbusier and Jeanneret designed the city of Chandigarh was designed alongside the city. The attention was paid to not just the architecture but furniture as well used in the governmental offices and flats. The governments of Delhi then copied the style. Today these are not used anymore but we have found a way to upcycle these beauties that can be often found on the streets! We get them repaired, recanned and send them to France. What a way to re-use and be sustainable. I find it interesting how this style never uses nails but only teak wood. Of course, now we use wherever necessary, but I find it so satisfying to have a piece of design that has been restored from the 60’s.Yes, you can own it too from our shop!
FROM OUR HOME
You can book your travels with us now! Let us show you around Delhi or organise a getaway for you! A personal shopping service, Art and Design tour of Delhi, or Food and architecture, we have it all. All you need to do is write us an email when you are booking your stay so we make sure all is done upon your arrival. To know more about pricing and reservations visit our website. Love what we are doing? Send us your feedback, letters and love on firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIP. in the Scarlette office
SCARLETTE’S JOURNAL EDITION #2
The first edition of Scarlette’s Journal has been completed! If you wish to receive a copy in your mail box please send us an email at email@example.com
Guests and friends of Scarlette we have some exciting news!
We have been busy working on Scarlette’s very own journal for all of you and it is finally ready!
Imagine it like this; a small magazine full of all the news of your home away from home, full of things happening here, new shop openings, events going on, new friends of Scarlette and many more little details for you to know what is happening while you are not here!
It will arrive directly in your email inbox, or if you happen to be here with us at Scarlette, you can read it in hard copy form while you drink your coffee and eat Basanti’s famous chocolate cake!
As always, we are eager to have each and every one of you back here, but until then, we have found this nice way to keep some contact with you.
If you would like to receive each edition of Scarlette’s journal please just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our mailing list.
All of our best regards to each of you,
The Scarlette Team
Scarlette was lucky to be included in L’Express Magazine last month as one of Sybille Roger Vasselin’s favourite addresses to visit when she is in Delhi. Sybille is the creator of French brand Petit Mendigote and along with her beautiful team they are often guests at Scarlette whenever they travel to India.
So thank you to Sybille, Petit Mendigote and L’Express Magazine for including us in your feature! And also a little thank you to Surender Solanki and Sandy Ford, their photographers who took such beautiful photos of Scarlette and spent a nice afternoon with us all here!
Have a look at the article below, and please, if you happen to have better quality photo where the text is more visible we would be very happy to have a copy of it!