Beautiful and bizarre things to buy: From The Salvador Dali watch to Chikankari-embroidered dress
A weekly compendium of beautiful and bizarre objects of desire
Dress circle: Chikankari-embroidered A-line Midi dress
Our pick from designer Anita Dongre’s ‘Grassroot’ line, which is made in collaboration with independent artisans and NGOs across India. The clothes in this line draw their inspiration from the landscape of these artisan communities—embroidered motifs of birds, flowers and leaves with a colour palette of natural dyes such as indigo, madder red and charcoal black—all rendered in contemporary summer silhouettes.
At all Anita Dongre stores; Rs16,990.
Serious toys: Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet
“Autobots, we are here… and we are waiting…." Now fans can issue this call to arms themselves with the Transformers’ Optimus Prime Voice Changer Helmet. It comes with 21 button-activated Transformers’ sounds and phrases.
At major offline toy retailers; Rs6,999.
Chic travel: Palmeira Reiteration Neck Pillow
Add a little quirk to your travels this summer with repetitive Palmeira palm motifs on this neck pillow, by Krsnaa Mehta. The first physical store of his quirky label, India Circus, launched just last week.
Indiacircus.com, or at India Circus, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai; Rs1,099.
Wearable art: The Salvador Dali watch
Bringing the American brand The Unemployed Philosophers Guild to India is the online store Ikka Dukka. Watch Dali’s moustache spin as the hours go by. Wear Surrealism on your wrists.
Title tracking: A for Ajrakh: the A to Z of block printing
By Nina Sabnani, an illustrator and professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay’s Industrial Design Centre, this book takes the alphabet route, offering nuggets on wearable art forms from around the world. Ages 10+
Compiled by Komal Sharma and Vangmayi Parakala