LOVES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

In­dia-based Fiona Caulfield’s Love Travel Guides cel­e­brates a decade of pub­lish­ing next year and new to the mix is the first vol­ume in a se­ries de­voted to the ar­ti­sans, de­sign­ers and spe­cial­ist shop­keep­ers of key In­dian cities. Made in Kolkata, printed on non-bleached and hand-hewn pa­per, has a nat­u­rally dyed indigo cover, hand­made bookmarks with tiny tas­sels and a sup­ple­men­tary stitched-in note book cov­ered in hand-loomed Ben­gali checks to record your shop­ping finds. Caulfield is al­ready work­ing on a fol­low-up ti­tle, Made in Ben­galaru, due for re­lease in Fe­bru­ary. The se­ries, which sup­ple­ments earlier city guides to destinations such as Mum­bai and Goa, is squarely aimed at savvy buy­ers and design junkies. In Kolkata, the hunt is on for vin­tage tex­tiles, sari silks, crafted jew­ellery or sus­te­nance in the form of tins of cot­tage cheese dumplings dipped in sug­ary syrup. Head to In­dian Silk House for light­weight quilts and shawls with hand-stuffed cot­ton fill­ings scented with ve­tiver es­sen­tial oil. Caulfield also sug­gests where to ex­plore, dine and stay, in­clud­ing the muchan­tic­i­pated nine-suite Glen­burn Pent­house with rooftop ter­race and infinity pool over­look­ing Kolkata’s his­toric Vic­to­ria Me­mo­rial. Book and jour­nal set, $64.95. More: love­trav­el­guides.com; potts­point­book­shop.com.au.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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