Scarlette Post Volume Two

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

DELHI DALlYING

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

INDIAN DIY

* 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

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LOCAL FINDS

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!

EXPERIENCES

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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