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Greetings from Delhi!
I arrived for a whirlwind few days of approving, buying and planning new collections as well as enjoying some terrific food.
The response to our new color block Ladakh cashmere shawls, hand spun and hand woven in Kashmir (introduced at shows this summer) was so enthusiastic, that we will soon be re-stocked! Look for a full range of colors.
Indian artisans are diligently stitching away and putting the finishing touches on our hugely popular quilted silk/cotton jackets. New colors include navy, cobalt, deep turquoise and rich coral.We have started to schedule shows for the fall. If you would like to host a show, please email me at email@example.com. Shows are a lot of fun and you benefit! The following pictures will give you a sneak preview of new scarves.
And I’m pleased to report that the much loved basketweaves are back in myriad colors! They make the best gifts – for you and frankly anyone. www.zaanha.com/shop/basketweave-shawls/An almost last product report. Through the years people have told me how they loathed those annoying little brand labels on scarves. We have tried to address the problem by working with an artisan in Jaipur who reproduced our new logo using silver and other metals. I’d love to have your thoughts – firstname.lastname@example.org
One final piece of news — our new website which I and many others have toiled on for one and a half years is slated to go live at the end of the month! We have created a new brand identity, colors, logo and gorgeous new products. I will send a notice just prior to the launch. Feedback would be MOST appreciated!
And, on a travel note, Indian Accent, the superb restaurant located in The Manor hotel in Friends Colony in New Delhi has only gotten better, if that’s possible. And they are opening a branch in New York around the second week of December. Watch for it – 123 W. 56th St., NYC – it is truly the most extraordinary Indian food!
Off to Kabul on Friday and reunions with the many, many children your purchases and donations are helping. Stay tuned for another report in several days. This time, it’ll be all about the kids!
2015 has barely begun and already trips are scheduled, new collections are in the works
and more and more impoverished children are being introduced to the joys of learning!
Leopard prints have continued to be popular and our Nepalese Tiger scarf (inspired by an early Nepali carpet) was a sell out!
Stay tuned for some incredible and unusual animal prints as well as chic insects (yes, bugs!)
I will be travelling to Nepal in early February to work with our artisans there. Digital printing on cashmere has finally arrived in Nepal and we are excited about showcasing some beautiful and unusual prints.
We had a tremendous response to our new quilted silk and cotton jackets and have included a visit to the fabled Rajasthani city of Jaipur. I will be working with the eponymous designer Nayika who will produce some stunning jackets and coats for us.
Our signature is hidden in the scarf we introduced this fall. ZAANHA means women in Dari, one of the principal languages spoken in Afghanistan. What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th? Look for new colors in the spring.
Our trunk show schedule is taking shape. For those in the east and south, in March we will be traveling down the eastern seaboard and end up in southern FL! If you’re interested in hosting a show, please let me know.
Our long awaited new website will debut in early April – a new look and functionality. We’re very excited about it and will announce the launch – stay tuned!
And last, with the installation of the new screening room at the center for working street children in Kabul, we will now be able to have regular meetings with the children we are helping as well as many of the Afghans who work so hard to help make our programs successful. We will share some of these talks through short videos that will be posted on our website, YouTube and Facebook. See first hand what a difference your purchases and donations are making!
We look forward to having you join us for many of the events we have planned for this year.