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Food Binge vs Netflix Binge

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Are you a foodie? Do you love exploring about new cultures and the foods that are associated with them? Do you love to travel too? Wouldn’t it be great to indulge in all those interests while curled up on your couch at home? In the age of bingeing, we bring you a list of Netflix shows that can whet your appetite for all things travel and food related, and ensure that you learn something new about all those things you love.

(Disclaimer – Watching these shows will probably make your mouth water, will probably create a travel itch, and will definitely leave you feeling hungry. Kindly proceed with full knowledge and acceptance of said side-effects.)

 

1. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Food, check! Travel, check! Celebrities, check! David Chang, check! What more could you possibly need? Head through various countries as David brings along famous friends and checks out some phenomenally great food. P.S. You don’t need a visa, we promise.

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Image Source – New on Netflix

 

2. Street Food

Where do you find the best food? On the streets of course! This show brings to the front the true heroes for our taste buds, the people who struggle by getting up earlier than the sun, those who stand in the heat of the afternoon, and work long into the night, just so we can grab a quick bite that’s tasty, cheap, and fills our stomachs and hearts. Sail across Asia and meet the best of the best from India, Thailand, South Korea, and so many more.

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Image Source – whatsnewonnetflix.com

 

3. Chef’s Table

With six whole seasons, this Emmy-nominated series is definitely binge-worthy. Featuring top chefs from across the globe, delve in to hear about their stories, their vision, their food. As you travel from Germany, to Russia, to South Korea, to Mexico, be prepared to be hit by a whirlwind of gorgeous looking food that will leave you breathless. Bonus, one season is only about pastry. Get your dessert game on!

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Image Source – thewrap.com

 

4. Ugly Delicious

An interesting docu-series featuring favourite chef David Chang (again), this one is a must-watch for every single person who loves fusion food. David meets chefs bringing together cultures and flavor profiles in the most fearless ways possible. Whether its Arab tacos, or Japanese pizza, be prepared to have your preconceptions of what does and doesn’t go together completely shattered. Spoiler Alert – Season 2 is on its way!

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Image Source – Facebook

 

5. Festive Foods

Take a trip across Asia with this show, with each episode featuring various festivals across the continent, and of course the scrumptious food it all brings forth. Whether it’s Diwali, or the Moon Festival, or Winter Solstice celebrations, prepare to drool.

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Image Source – Netflix

 

Happy Drooling!

Shibori: A Japanese Resist-Dyeing Technique

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Handmade textiles possess a specialness machine-made fabrics seem devoid of. It’s perhaps because we know that an extensive amount of effort has gone into making the cloth, or that countless fingers have labored over a design that we find these handcrafted creations infinitely more delightful. However, the painstaking creation process isn’t the only reason why handmade cloth is coveted, it’s also because handmade fabric usually boasts of great quality. Human insight, vigilance and care prevent unsightly errors and weave fabric that is blemish-free, elegant and exquisite. Over the years, various civilizations have come up with their own unique processes for manufacturing and designing textiles. In this article, we’re going to explore ‘Shibori,’ a traditional Japanese resist-dying technique that imprints cloth with unique designs. Here’s all you need to know about this interesting manual designing technique.

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In Japan, Shibori has been used as a colouring technique since the 8th century. The country shied away from experimenting with artificial textiles for a while and so, up until the 20th century, natural fibres like silk, hemp and cotton were used for making cloth. Similarly, extracts from the indigo plant were used as dye. Shibori makes use of natural dyes and is applied on natural fabrics. However, of late, because of the proliferation of artificial dyes, craftsmen have begun using artificial colours for Shibori.

The Shibori process begins by sketching a design onto paper. The design could be a floral pattern, sea waves, geometric patterns, nature-inspired prints or a combination of all these. Holes are hammered along the outlines of designs or where the cloth needs to be dyed. Then, the punctured paper is placed over cloth and by rubbing a dye-soaked cloth over the paper, the design is stenciled onto the fabric. After this, craftsmen bind sections around the printed areas using thread. The more intricate the design, the more painstaking the binding process. For some designs, the process can take up to 20 days. The bound cloth is then immersed in dye, squeezed and sun-dried. After the cloth dries, the binds are untied and the fabric is stretched to reveal the design.

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However, this isn’t the only Shibori dyeing technique that exists. Over a hundred such techniques have been developed by Japanese craftsmen and they involve folding, pinching, twisting and crumpling cloth before binding them with strings, rubber bands and bamboo strips. To make certain complex designs, more than one Shibori technique is applied. Unlike most other forms of resist dyeing, Shibori is still done by hand and so, textiles coloured with Shibori patterns are highly sought after. If you happen to make a trip to Japan, don’t forget to inquire after these textiles. More importantly, try to spend some time watching a Shibori craftsman at work. It’ll teach you more about Shibori than any article or video can!