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HO-LI-KA La is a design studio that uses biomaterial dye and ancestral craft techniques to create unique pieces. This studio's focus is on community building, knowledge sharing, and preserving the environment through natural dyeing and a transparent supply chain. Join in making a difference!


HOLI.KA.RANG" Living Colours"


 Celebration of Holi, a festival of love and colors in India. It is a time to appreciate the beauty of love in nature and explore its wonders. For me, that exploration comes through two mediums: silk and plants. Silk embodies selflessness, while plants allow me to contemplate the mysteries of time and existence.


My project focuses on utilizing agro-waste to create medicinal plant extracts and other products. This circular economy initiative uses plants, flowers, herbs, kitchen waste (such as onion skins), and forest residues, including cut-down trees. By using this waste, we can eliminate disposal difficulties and provide extra income to farmers and processing industries. Agricultural waste is a rich source of bioactive compounds that can be used to create products like biomass, dyes, packaging material, and fibre.


To extract dyes from agro-waste, I use three methods: solar/heat extraction, fermentation, and aqueous extraction. Solar/heat extraction uses the sun's heat to draw out the dye, while fermentation uses enzymes produced by microorganisms to assist in the extraction process. The utilization of agro-waste for natural dyeing is an under-exploited area, but it has the potential to create naturally dyed fabrics and objects with health benefits.


I have observed that plants and insects adapt to their environment, and I adjust my approach accordingly. For example, in colder weather, silkworms alter their movements, resulting in looser silk. The creation of hue in plants begins in the soil and progresses upwards to the sun through the roots and leaves of the plants and flowers. Overall, my goal is to appreciate and utilize the wonders of nature in a sustainable and beneficial way.

What is Holi? Holi is a festival of colours, In India; it is celebrated on the full moon in the month of spring and marks the season's arrival. Some of the practices observed during Holi reflect the fruitfulness of spring. The festival is also a celebration of the growth of germs, both inside and outside the body. When the Holika is burned, the temperature in the surrounding area increases from 50 to 60 degrees. Additionally, when people perform the Parikrama (circumambulation) around the Holika, the heat from the fire purifies their bodies and removes microbes, detoxifying the atmosphere.

Thus, the name I gave to my daughter! 

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