Seeing spectacular hand-crafted curios from across India and the itch to test its functional potential, made me question why it was escaping the glare of high-end contemporary design. Time & again Indian crafts have surprised their rather discerning buyers and I’m here on the same mission— reimagine and reposition.
Vahe is the manifestation of a journey that set foot to reimagine Indian crafts into atypical objects and collectibles. An ode to the innovations of yesterday.
From finding a small papier-mâché vase I bought on a school trip to seeing comparable products on display in a craft show after returning from my master's, I realised how little had changed. Unlike other popular crafts in India, papier-mâché is an unsung hero and a dying art whose potential has yet to be discovered beyond the craft's established rules and applications.
Vahe launched its’ first ensemble 3 4 7 4 at Salone Satellite, the international event in the design world dedicated to emerging designers at Salone Del Mobile, 2022.
Brewing new interpretations of an age old craft.
With a strong sentiment towards indigenous craftsmanship, Vaishnavi Walvekar’s re-interpretation of the craft came about her own discerning nature. After her MFA in Industrial Design from San Francisco, she followed her pursuit in crafts with a nomadic quest travelling to craft-rich places such as Jaipur, New Delhi, and Kashmir.
Vahe is the manifestation of this journey– an ode to the innovations of yesterday.
Each ensemble focuses on the chosen raw material exposing its beauty and complexity with compelling textures and hand-sculpting techniques. The outcome envisions a range of pieces that fill a frame– from sculptural to functional art.