Tuhil, a Tamil word from the Sangam era, means fabric. It became the natural choice of label for S. Jayakumar and Varsha Kumar’s dream venture.

A vibrant artistic expression of India and its people is its handwoven fabrics. It was a thriving market that achieved great sophistication. Each corner of this country had its unique weave. Tuhil was born out of a passion for the refinement and romance of this culture. 

Two centuries of colonisation altered the face of Indian textiles. Power looms reigned supreme in a world where demand was ever burgeoning. Handlooms faded into irrelevance for the sheer time, skill and labour they demanded. It was tedious and expensive when compared to its electricity-driven counterpart.

Indian handlooms received a new lease on life post Independence. An enormous effort to preserve the remnants of this precious cultural legacy pulled them out of obscurity. It created new markets and furthered demand. Yet the journey to ensuring sustainability for this industry remains long.

Tuhil joins this renaissance of the handloom. Their focus is to revive and re-popularise handlooms specific to South India. Emphasis on colours, designs, textures and weaving techniques makes them distinctive. These sarees are handwoven in looms across Tamil Nadu, established for Tuhil.

House of Tuhil celebrates South Indian artistry. It is an ode to the nuanced sensibilities of a forgotten era.

S. Jayakumar

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S. Jayakumar is a classical musician, researcher and social entrepreneur from Tamilnadu. He describes himself as a seeker of knowledge in India’s vast cultural heritage and plays a crucial role in conservation, preservation, and fostering awareness of our country’s heritage through his many endeavours.

His worldview was shaped in his formative years as a student at Kalakshetra. After being closely associated with some of the best scholars and academicians there, he embarked on a journey full of opportunities. He attempts to give back to society by sparking a curiosity in young minds about cultural heritage. His profound love for culture seamlessly extended to a connection with textiles and handloom, ultimately inspiring the creation of “Tuhil”- a harmonious blend of heritage and craftsmanship.

Varsha Kumar

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Varsha, the curator of sarees at the House of Tuhil, is a passionate connoisseur of India’s textile heritage. Her discerning eye for detail seamlessly blends traditional and modern aesthetics. Through these textiles that each carry timeless stories in their folds, her efforts are towards redefining the consumption of India’s handlooms.

Varsha’s able stewardship elevates the House of Tuhil from being a retail space to becoming an immersive experience for handloom enthusiasts. Her commitment to sustainability and ethical practices throughout the production chain makes Tuhil an enduring force in the world of culture and heritage.