The Made in… guides are a celebration of a city and the talented people who reside and work here. The highly curated guide profiles the city’s finest artists, artisans, craftspeople, designers, makers and shopkeepers who come together to produce and sell some extraordinary things. There are currently two guides available, Made in Kolkata and Made in Bengaluru. Each book comes with a matching travel journal, designed as a keepsake.
These guidebooks to a city’s makers, designers and craftspeople are the result of a ten-year-long collaboration with author and publisher Fiona Caulfield, aiming to highlight ‘conscious travel’ and socially and/or environmentally sustainable organisations.
The books are completely hand-made in India, and printed and produced using traditional craftspeople and methods. The entire process is eco-friendly and supports the skills and livelihoods of traditional makers.
The book design is based on research of the first travel guides, dating back to 19th century England, and uses hand-drawn illustrations by Ayeshe Sadr and Ishaan Dasgupta. The fabrics used are the result of design collaboration with Aneeth Arora of acclaimed clothing brand péro, based in New Delhi, and the hand-made bookmarks and hand-embroidered labels are created by ladies working in the péro atelier.
Each book contains introductory essays and hand-drawn maps. The books are printed on paper that is made by hand in the age-old method in the small village of Sanganer, on the edge of Jaipur in Rajasthan. The covers are hand-printed and the books are hand-bound and finished, all at Judge Press in Bengaluru.
Love Travel Guides also produces more extensive city guides for ‘luxury vagabonds’. More information can be found in this post.