TRAVEL

The soul of XXX is in constant motion. The founder has been on a nearly permanent global trek, and she wants to share her travelogue with you. Share in her enthusiasm for the faraway places – and dedicated artisans – that have inspired her, and discover the world through Catarina’s eyes!

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JAIPUR

JAIPUR

Indian, African, and all manner of nomadic influences melt into each other in this bewildering mirage that stands at the desert’s gates.

Standing like a bewildering mirage at the desert’s gates, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is known for its pinks ramparts, its many arches and its bustling traffic. Here, Indian, African, and all manner of nomadic influences melt into each other: it is one of Gabriella’s favourite places to thrift and take in the inspiration of bygone eras.

This is also where she sources her famous tie-dye, which follows a technique known as Bandhani. Inspired by the clothing of the maharajas and maharanis, this process is one of utmost meticulousness and precision: the fabric up is drawn up through a needle attached to the artisan’s pinky finger, who then wraps the upper part with thread, then dips the assembly in a bit of colour. Tiny embossed dots then appear on the fabric, and, drawing from a number of folding techniques, she can create just about any pattern imaginable. Once the fabric is pulled out of its dye bath, an array of psychedelic waves is revealed. The more elaborate pieces can take up to several days of work

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JAIPUR

DELHI

Indian, African, and all manner of nomadic influences melt into each other in this bewildering mirage that stands at the desert’s gates.

In just one day in Delhi, one can promenade through the monuments that litter the city (vestiges of bygone empires) laze around the National Gallery of Modern Art(don’t miss the Rajput painting gallery) or dig for treasure in the Old Town’s bustling bazaar, Chandni Chowk.

“I visit India every six months. This country has amazing handicraft, with an incredible mastery of dyeing, pattern printing and embroidery. It’s a complex land that teaches you a lot about yourself – a place where life and death, beauty and ugliness, rich and poor exist side by side. You quickly feel at home here, because there’s this ambient humanity and faith.”

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JAIPUR

MOROCCO

Indian, African, and all manner of nomadic influences melt into each other in this bewildering mirage that stands at the desert’s gates.

Standing like a bewildering mirage at the desert’s gates, Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is known for its pinks ramparts, its many arches and its bustling traffic. Here, Indian, African, and all manner of nomadic influences melt into each other: it is one of Gabriella’s favourite places to thrift and take in the inspiration of bygone eras.

This is also where she sources her famous tie-dye, which follows a technique known as Bandhani. Inspired by the clothing of the maharajas and maharanis, this process is one of utmost meticulousness and precision: the fabric up is drawn up through a needle attached to the artisan’s pinky finger, who then wraps the upper part with thread, then dips the assembly in a bit of colour. Tiny embossed dots then appear on the fabric, and, drawing from a number of folding techniques, she can create just about any pattern imaginable. Once the fabric is pulled out of its dye bath, an array of psychedelic waves is revealed. The more elaborate pieces can take up to several days of work

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