This year’s Craftsmanship issue. This issue is packed with stories of such diversity that only craftsmanship in India can entail. We go from the history of copper beating in Pune to the finesse of pashmina weaving in Kashmir, from upcycled textiles by Paiwand to French designer Pierre Yovanovitch’s much-awaited furniture collection.
Bijoy Jain’s ﬁrst commission outside India is in Onomichi, Japan.
And it’s the kind of beauty you can’t quite grasp or articulate, it’s a language of its own. Like music. Also, look out for AD contributing editor Malika Verma’s ‘Grande Dames of Craft’, a portrait series of strong women who have worked relentlessly for decades, leading entire communities and keeping craftsmanship alive and thriving at a grassroots level. And, of course, there is a string of handcrafted interiors—from the khatumband woodwork ceilings in an art deco home-turned-hotel in Srinagar to the pristine white marble interiors of a Vinita Chaitanya–decorated home in Bengaluru. Capturing this country’s diversity of crafts is an ongoing story, and we hope you enjoy this leaf out of that book.
Architectural Digest is a publication for the architecture community. The first international edition of the magazine was launched in Italy in 1981. With AD India, the magazine now exists in nine countries, showcasing some of the most exquisite homes in the world.