Kara Weaves, Kochi

As far as makeover stories go, the traditional kerala towel or thorthu has entered its sassiest mutation in the hands of anthropologist Indu menon and her graphic designer daughter Chitra Gopalakrishnan who founded Kara Weaves in 2007. The humble twin-strand handloom fabric has been reinterpreted into table linen, beach mats, cocktail napkins and curtains by over 500 women weavers in handloom cooperatives from different parts of kerala.

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The best for the bath

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In the spirit of giving, I'm always a fan of products and shops that give a little bit back in some way. Kara Weaves, a hand loom weaving venture with a social cause, supports and promotes cotton hand loom cooperatives in Kerala, India. In addition to the amazing colors and fun patterns, the fabric is made of an age old pure cotton weave, used as a towel, with an extraordinarily absorbent yarn and quick drying properties. They're re-purposed and re-designed this fabric into bathrobes, hair wraps, table lines, table cloths and more. — Joy

when it comes to our bathroom i like to stick to basics- solid white towels and wash cloths and soft, fluffy white bathmats. but sometimes it’s fun to shake it up and a bit and these beautiful hand-woven cotton bath towels from india are just the ticket. based in kerala, india, kara weaves is a studio of designers who produce hand-woven, pure cotton home textiles that ooze the sort of warmth that only handmade work can. kara weaves only recently introduced an e-commerce shop and now anyone with a computer can pick up their beautiful textiles. i’m partial to the bath towels but you can also pick up some lovely cushions and curtains. click here to check out the full collection. thanks, chitra!

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Moohmah Magazine, 2017
At Least, Germany, June 2017
Kochi Post, India, February 2017
Deccan Chronicle, India, June 2016 
Style Installation, Germany, July 2016 
Justine Kept Calm and Went Vegan, writes about our Infini towel
Ancient Fabrics with a Modern Mission, The Story Exchange, December 2013
• Guest-blog article at The Kochi Post, October 2013
8 Brands that Impact Your World, Sweet Relish, October 2013
New Global Citizen review by MBAs Without Borders Advisor Jessica Custer, September 2013
For Your Tabletop, August 2013
Sweet Relish, August 2013
Polkadot, the Italian design & lifestyle magazine features us, July 2013
• Collaboration with Wendell Rodricks/India Fashion Week 2012, via the Times of India, August 2012
• Ellie Fun Day co-founder Sarah Lin visits and writes about us, July 2012
• Get Along and Go writes about our prints, June 2012
Two part article about our work in the Hindu newspaper, Weekend Edition, June 20, 2012
Smitten Living, March 2012
Daydream in Color feature, February 2012
Martha Stewart Weddings, December 2011
Femina, October 2010
A Design Story's Fresh Picks by Lindsay, May 2010
Apartment Therapy, New York, April 2009
Katy Elliott writes about our towels, August 2008
• Kara in Danish, on Note to Yourself by Anni, October 2008
• Kara in Danish, on Mera Ghar Mera Ishtyle by Parvathy, September 2008
• Kara in Danish, on Masala Chai Online feature by Pavitra, August 2008

• Green Friday, Germany, July 2016 
News Green, Germany, June 2016 
Sveeteskapes , USA, May 2016. 
Lifestyle Magazine, Germany, January 2016 
Virginie Peny writes about out Berlin Fashion Week debut, January 2016. 
 • A new updated video of our work at The Grommet, December 2015:
Makobi Scribe, February 2014
TheStoryExchange.org: 12 Gifts that Give Back, December 2013
DesignCrush features our Bathrobes on the Given Goods store, October 2013
New Global Citizen review by MBAs Without Borders Advisor Jessica Custer, September 2013
Given Goods Company, review of the Candy Stripe towels, September 2013
House Beautiful, "the Best" series, July/Aug 2013
House Beautiful, Best for the Bath, May 2013
Cool Hunting writes about the Candy Stripe bath towels, January 2013
Womens Web, August 2012
Oh Joy, December 2011
Of a Kind, December 2011
Florence & Millie's design blog, December 2011
Green with Renvy, December 2011.
Down and Out Chic, September 2011
Hobby Farm Home; print edition, June 2011
LuckyMag feature by By Elise Loehnen. Print version here, December 2010
Daily Grommet features the Kara bathrobes, August 8, 2010
Better Homes and Gardens, Editor's pick, April-May 2010
Real Simple , March 2010
Plenty Mag print feature in the holiday shopping guide, December-January 2009
Travellious feature after shopping with us! October 2008
Priya Mani's wonderful blog, August 2009
Rang Décor, by Archana, August 2008
Design*Sponge by Grace Bonney, July 2008

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