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Meet the Roots and Leisure Team

Say hi to Tiaren, Sungdi and Amenla – the trio behind Roots and Leisure. HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN? Their story dates back to 1994 – the year Tiaren and Sungdi met at boarding school in Darjeeling, and became good friends. Fast forward 10 years, Sungdi meets Amen in Ahmedabad, while attending engineering college; and and they become inseparable – almost like family. Another 10 years later, when Amen moved to Bangalore (in 2014) to join her new job, she finally got to meet Tiaren, after hearing so much about her from Sungdi. Over coffee, they discuss starting a hobby project together – but somehow got busy with their own lives. Finally in 2016, they decided to give it a shot, and start the project as a weekend activity. So one fine Sunday, the trio pulled an all-nighter (Tiaren and Amen working on putting up the website from Bangalore; Sungdi working on the first batch of contents from Nagaland), and launched the site in less than 24 hours. Since then, there’s been no looking back! WHY DID THEY LAUNCH ROOTS AND LEISURE? Moving …

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Roots & Leisure Marketplace is Live!

We are super excited about this next step in the Roots & Leisure journey : A Buying and Selling Platform! Today we launch R&L Shop – an online marketplace, where our readers can now buy and sell anything handmade. It all started with a cup of tea with some good ‘ol friends, and it has come to a point where we have a whole community driving the initiative. Ever since the launch of the blog [in the month of March 2016], many stories about entrepreneurs, local artists and people have donned the face of the blog – in addition to stories about various nuggets of culture like food, travel, local art etc. We now bring to you an online marketplace, from where our readers can start buying from artists/entrepreneurs that we have written about. Most importantly, we want this marketplace to act as a source of inspiration for each one of our readers, so that they can also start a hobby soon – and start selling!   What to expect from the shop We currently have some really cool …

Meet Ankita from Unees Bees | Textile Artist from Gujarat

We are super delighted to feature Ankita from Unees Bees – as our first artist from Gujarat. Unees Bees is an independent clothing label from Vadodara. They make beautiful handcrafted sarees, stoles and clothing using traditional methods like block printing and tie and dye, and combining them with contemporary prints. Here we chat up with the lovely lady to know more about Unees Bees. Hi Ankita! Super delighted to have you here as the first Gujarati artist on R&L. So tell us something about yourself. What was the inspiration behind the launch of the brand ‘Unees Bees’? I was brought up in Vadodara (in Gujarat) and had always been more creatively inclined than Academic. Plus, growing up, my mother would always take me along to fabric shops around the city as she had an appreciation for textiles and garments – and that I picked up my my interest in garment making . When the time came to choose a career, clothing design was a clear choice. So I did my Bachelors in Fashion Design from M.S. University Vadodara, which …

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New Music Video by our Favorite Naga Artist Virie

Folks – the gorgeous and talented singer and songwriter Virie just released her latest single “My Summer” on YouTube. The video is as dreamy and magical as her voice – shot in the beautiful Dzulake Valley in Nagaland. And as though the song wasn’t enough to enchant the listeners, the beautiful backdrop takes the viewer to a fairytale land – where summer and winter come together in perfect harmony . . ♫ How, how long will I walk alone Thousand miles on my own Miles to go before I sleep  Those summer days is all I dream ♪ Will I ever see you on the other side? Will you ever sing to me and make my night? ♪ This video was shot on a winter afternoon (2015 winters, according to Virie). But by the looks of it, it appears that Virie was indeed able to summon the summers after all. Check out the beautiful sun rays blending in perfectly with the color of winter. Watch the official music video ‘My Summer’ by Virie Song written and composed by Virie …

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Meet The Man from Nagaland Travelling the World on a Bamboo Bike

If an analogy of taking your roots around the world would have to be written, we can simply write about Yakuza’s story and be done with it. Kudos to this trailblazer for setting the stage –  hopefully, we will have many more such stories to share. Say hi to Yakuza Solo (Sievituo Chevy) from Nagaland, who’s going around the world on a bicycle made out of bamboo! His mission is to tell the world about the Nagas and Nagaland. In Nagaland, bamboo plays a huge part in the lives of the people – from being consumed as a food item to a spice, and a material used for building furniture and lovely houses. It is, therefore, very fitting that Yakuza chose to ride a bamboo bicycle to embark on his adventure, and to tell the world about the rich cultural land of the Nagas.  Yakuza will be travelling to Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden and the United States of America. Here …

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Meet a young Entrepreneur from Thailand | Tanyapat

Meet Tanyapat Witayapreechasilp. You can call her TK 🙂 She is our first international guest and we are extremely excited to feature her on R&L! So say hi to this 27 year old passionate entrepreneur based out of Chiang Mai, Thailand.   Speaking to her, we could feel the connection that she shares with the 700 years old city Chiang Mai city even though her family is not originally from there. The city has hosted 20 different tribes over the centuries and has culminated into a hub of inspiration and creativity for not only people from Thailand but across the world. Drawing inspiration from the city, its culture and people TK now owns a business named “FIFTEEN” which is an online fashion brand and hopes to expand globally soon. “Hi! I live in one of the most charming city in Asia Pacific. I am in love with Chiang Mai. After I graduated in Creative Arts from Chulalongkorn university, I joined my family business [an architecture firm]. While at home, I used to travel to the mountain villages …

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I make Handcrafted Jewellery – Abenla

Say hello to Abenla – A beautiful talented woman from Nagaland, who makes the most exotic handmade jewelry. In addition to running her jewellery business,  she also works with an NGO in the development sector (Fida International), serves as a part of an eldership team with her husband at a local church in Mumbai, and above all manages a home – just being the wife on the other side. Her handmade jewellery are characterized by unique craftsmanship and are replete with a mix of tribal and modern techniques – that are so distinct to her brand. To find such a distinctive voice, there has to be a fascinating story – which we were hoping to find out when we reached out to the designer herself. How did you get started? Did you get any formal training in jewelry design? Not really. I learnt most of the skills online. In fact this whole thing started when I was in college, when a friend of mine – Ran introduced me to jewellery making. I used to enjoy breaking things apart and making new stuff out of …

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I am a Designer and a Textile Artist – Shenali Sema

Today at R & L, it is our absolute pleasure to introduce you to a new class of leading women. Say hello to Shenali Sema – a creative genius, an artist and now an entrepreneur. Born in Nagaland, graduate in Textile Design from National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad, and having studied fashion from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (CSM) in London – she is every bit an artist. She now lives in Noida. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Elle, Grazia, Harpers in India and has been featured globally in Surface Asia Magazine and Business of Fashion – as one of the rising talents in Asia. She was also written about by Susanna Lau of Style Bubble – one of the most influential fashion blogs in the world. She was also the creative director of the fashion house – Morphe India, before starting her new venture UNTITLED Co.   REPOST | #repost #regram @tracyjoyphillips wearing #morphe at #singapore #audi #fashionweek #design #designer #india #art #springsummer14 | MORPHE A photo posted by …

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I’m a Software Engineer in Silicon Valley| Tali Lkr

Say hello to Tali Lkr – born and brought up in the small town of Kohima in Nagaland, and currently working in the Bay Area (Silicon Valley) California. He is a software engineer and works for a company that delivers SaaS (Software as a Service) services. Ain’t it pretty cool to be working in the valley where you have all the tech giants and the hottest startups of the world? It is very motivating and inspiring to see small town people going this far. Thumbs up! He has always been drawn to technology and how it’s enabled us to do amazing things. For the past few years he has been busy studying, experimenting and working on software development. Space technology is something that excites him. “I’m excited by advances in space technology and I’m looking forward to the day when we will land on mars making us a multi planetary species. ”   Apart from his ongoing work projects, he is also greatly interested in the IoT, electric transport and the FPV drone space. He signs off with his wish that …

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Fashion Blogger | Aien Jamir

  Growing up in a small town has its own charm but we all agree that exposure  to the outside world can be limited. But if you look around, you see all these talented people from small towns making an impact – and becoming influencers in their chosen fields. We have one such person today. Meet Aien Jamir –  fashion blogger from Nagaland, who is now a highly influential and sought after personality in the fashion scene in India. Aien Jamir has been featured in top fashion magazines like Vogue India, Elle, Cosmopolitan and the likes. She has also done numerous collaborations with International brands like H&M, Puma, UCB – and has been an insider at Amazon Fashion Weeks.   I reached out to her – and despite her busy schedule, she agreed to share an insight of her work – as a fashion blogger. Here we go. So tell us something about yourself – your background I’m originally from Nagaland, and living in Delhi for the past 9 years. I’am now the Creative Director of …