Much has been written about the revival of traditional techniques in Indian textile creation – from their adaptation to please a modern Indian aesthetic to their embellishment for the international market. Indeed, there is a hub of such activity in India, especially in the cities where top designers display garments inspired by traditional techniques, updated for a modern and urban clientele.
If we’re being delicate, the distinction between a work of art and a craft is an issue of semantics. In truer terms, the distinction is xenophobic drivel. The term, “art,” is often used to describe creative work that is finished for its own sake.
Khazana sells incense, books on holistic healing, and art from cultures that support the medical efficacy of practices like acupuncture. Customers often visit to purchase items that will help them to cleanse their environments- be they new homes, or their own minds.
Winter days at Khazana are meditative. They are darker and quieter than sunny spring and fall days, when the windows open with the shop doors in the morning. They are colder than summer days, when the air conditioning blasts on high. Despite its stillness, the shop continues to draw inquisitive customers.
Unless you’ve been hibernating in a windowless winter bunker, or vacationing south of the Mason Dixon line, you know that spring is upon the Midwest. Minnesotans, rejoice! Now is the time to congratulate ourselves for having survived the tundra temperatures, and to celebrate by indulging ourselves in the newly hospitable outdoors.
I arrived at Khazana today to find that Anju had written a new quote on our office blackboard. In blue and white cursive, “Destiny is not a fixed thing- it is something that you create.” No author, no context, just a message upon which to meditate.
A strong Venus in the birth chart creates individuals with great taste. A healthy Venusian native will be inclined towards great beauty and decadent objects, but interestingly enough their taste will be more natural at its core. Venus, when transmitting in its higher frequencies, would much prefer silk, hemp, wool and cotton over polyester, nylon and acrylic.