i enjoy color and hand loom.. i love  designs, prints and patterns, knots, needlepoints, embroidered, crotched, crossstitched, handblocked, bandhini….. i adore the minds and the bodies who never get tired conceiving them and bringing them to life. 

in days past when the caste system dominated, there existed  a weaving community who spun the yarn. the environment, vegetable dyes and colors,the gods, the life styles, the food,  images of life dominated spinning and fabric design.

 when the british east india company bought  in artificial fibres like nylon and polyster it threatened the demise of the hand loom. indian leaders tried to strike back with the charka (the spining wheel) to break the economic clout of the british power and to empower the common man. when the indian people boycotted the imported textiles and sat on the charkha along with gandhi  they wrote history.

this log is an ode to the indian yarn.

my heartfelt thanks to the flicker photographers and their willingness to share, otherwise this blog can not be rolling. every picture and photographer is credited.



42 Responses to “About”

  1. Vineeta July 17, 2008 at 6:58 pm #

    Anrosh, I saw the posts and your passion for the Indian fabric is just SO amazing 🙂 what a fantastic surprise!! Keep it going!!! will come back for more 🙂

  2. Shireena July 18, 2008 at 3:25 am #

    I’m in love with your blog. Thank you for visiting mine as well. Your ‘yarn’ is fantastic. I’m trying to incorporate more color into my life and am inspired by this collection of photos.
    Take care,

  3. Bhavna July 23, 2008 at 5:27 am #

    Hello Anrosh! So good to see your blog…love the titles and the images :)…eagerly eagerly waiting for more!

  4. anrosh July 24, 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    hello vineeta, glad you stopped by. thanks to flicker photographers who are willing to share. they receive all the kudos.

    hi shireena, one can never have enough color and especially in new york where one has more grey skies and black winter coats and whites in summer.

    hello bhavna – glad you came. it is nice to have you over.

  5. Anaka July 26, 2008 at 11:05 am #

    Beautiful images. Love the caption “it is not romantic, it is real….”.

  6. Arch July 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm #

    Hi Anrosh,

    I found this blog of yours through ‘Masala Sunset’…what a colourful surprise:-))

    Didn’t know you had such a great passion for Indian textiles:-) Lovely!

  7. anrosh July 27, 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    Hello Anaka: I can sing praises to the flicker photographers for the images. All in the spirit of keeping the indian yarn and textiles alive my contribution to the weaving community and the weavers.

    Hello Arch: Welcome.

  8. basbousa July 28, 2008 at 10:06 pm #

    I love all the pictures! Can’t you feature some indian ladies with veil, if you find it? Or colorful stuff? Love your blog!

  9. anrosh July 29, 2008 at 4:43 am #

    Hello basbousa, It is on my agenda.

  10. basbousa July 29, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    Can’t wait!!!

  11. Bhavana July 31, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    Just found your blog, I am mesmerized. My last visit to India I did most of my shopping at Fab India. I just love Indian Yarn 🙂

  12. indian yarn August 2, 2008 at 2:13 pm #

    hello bhavana .. Welcome.

  13. Pav August 13, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    Hello Anrosh,

    Thanks for stopping by, your blog looks lovely. Will definitely be watching this space for more !

  14. Vinod Sharma September 22, 2008 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi An,

    Congrats on taking on a fascinating subject. Let us see you weaving your magic to bring alive the cultures of various Indian communities through real yarn!

  15. Embellisher November 4, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    Intersting stuff here, shall visit again.Love that image of cricket and how its woven into our lives here in the sub continent.

  16. Shalini Bhatnagar November 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm #


    I came across your site by accident. The pictures are truly amazing and I love the way you capture the cultural heritage of India.

  17. anrosh November 19, 2008 at 2:44 pm #

    Shalini, i am open to anyone who is willing to send in pictures that depict the cultural and textile identity of india.

    Thank You

  18. DesignFlute December 17, 2008 at 8:19 am #

    Hi Anrosh,

    wasn’t able to check your blog for more than 6 months.
    But let me tell you I haven’t seen any other blog so amazingly simple yet absolutely captivating!!

    all the warm wishes!

  19. indianyarn December 17, 2008 at 6:42 pm #

    hello designflute – how are you? i came to your blog last week , but it wouldn’t allow me to leave a comment. – i think it was an applet issue.
    thank you for the nice words – as you see it is an editorial blog
    welcome to indian yarn..

  20. tiggy rawling December 27, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    Hi there – I found your site last week. As a textile artist, with a declared love of Indian textiles, it is gorgeous.

    Taking time out from the festive season, I have just looked at your last post. The pix come from Traditional Indian Textiles by John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard. Go get the book out of the library again – too many photographic credits!

  21. indian yarn December 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm #

    Hello Tiggy: What can I say better than Thank You very much. Now I have to just get the book in my hands.


  22. Veenu May 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm #

    This is lovely! I am a great fan of indian fabrics as well. To me, they are magical.

    Thanks for putting this up.

  23. paperjewellery August 31, 2009 at 7:07 pm #


    Thank you for visiting my site, paperjewellery.wordpress.com

    Interesting stuff, you’ve got here.

    Good Luck!

    Deepa Sekar – 10 Fingers! Paper Jewellery

  24. Deeps November 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    Anrosh,came here through your blogspot page. I’m spellbound seeing all the photographs displayed here.

    I love Indian fabric,it always brings out the confident indian self in me.

    Will look forward to more of such visual treats from you 🙂

  25. anrosh November 12, 2009 at 5:22 am #

    i like playing the cheerleader for indian yarn deeps 🙂

  26. Anu November 24, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    Hi Anrosh much enjoying your blog and the wonderful textile pics here!

  27. corine/hidden in france January 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    How come I only find out about this blog now, after all this time???

  28. Nisha January 31, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    Hello Anrosh,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Like you, I am also interested in people, culture, other related stuff. But I find your blog much richer.
    keep it up.

    I do take my camera along to capture the moments. 🙂

  29. iniyaal March 1, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    Hi… Beautiful love. The picture collection in this blog had me spellbouded for quite some time. Loved the wealth of info conveyed through these pictures.. Indian textiles are so different and of so many distinct varieties… every picture in your blog reminds me of this again and again.

  30. Global Living March 7, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    I would love to follow your blog but not sure if that’s possible. Please let me know. I’m new to blogging so maybe i’m overlooking something…

  31. anrosh March 10, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    hello global living – on your blog you can use a link to my blog and that’s how you can follow.

  32. sharon July 9, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    Can’t believe I only just found your blog…from Saffron and Silk! It’s lovely!

    • indianyarn July 10, 2010 at 8:23 am #

      now you do and welcome.

  33. vinita October 13, 2011 at 5:43 am #

    id like to keep getting new posts.

  34. Anu@MyDreamCanvas October 19, 2011 at 2:43 am #

    HI, Thanks for stopping by My Dream Canvas. The picture you were asking about is a tablecloth. You can email me at anuseattle@gmail.com for further details. Thanks … Anu

  35. Preethi Sukumaran November 23, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    Loved reading your blog Anrosh – looking forward to learning more about indian yarn and weaves.

  36. Akshaya December 6, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Hi Anrosh,

    a great idea for the blog…I would love to follow this blog as every picture is a story in itself..


    • indianyarn December 8, 2011 at 8:08 am #

      Welcome Akshaya and you can be part of the story building process, if you can send a picture as well. thank you

  37. signsandwonders2020 March 21, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award at http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com/
    See my post “Liebster Blog Award” Nomination for March 21, 2013, I find your blog to be amazing and I adore your beautiful posts. All The Best.

  38. Odisha Saree Store (@odishasaree) August 30, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    Good Collection of Indian Fabrics

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  40. Runway Fashion December 28, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Dear Anrosh,
    Really a Nice blog.. I was looking for some New Ideas for my New Collection. Searching for Ethnic Hats. But see here i am looking at all the post. Truly Good Work. Keep it up.

    Purnima Bansal

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