Indian Companies are Source for Game of Thrones Costumes

The popular Game of Thrones  show has an international cast and locations from different countries around the world. India, too, plays an important role in the series.

Since 2011, the fabrics, clothes, and tents used in this production are from a store called Rangrasons in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi. The company also supplies the military ceremonial uniforms, braids, embroidery, furniture, trimmings, chain mail, and accessories to the show. Established in 1945, this company has supplied fabric and costumes to many popular shows and movies since 1982, when they made costumes for Gandhi, and later for Captain America, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Wrath of the Titans, and Prince of Persia among others, reports mensxp. Game of Thrones Sets

The Times of India says that the pelt Jon Snow wears is made at the Noida Special Economic Zone.  Here, the factory of RS Windlass and Sons manufactures not just official merchandise for fantasy shows, but has also provided props and costumes to some major Hollywood productions such as Rome, The Tudors, and Batman Begins. Rajiv Goil, partner at the company, says that their unit at Dehradun, Windlass Steelcrafts, manufactures swords, armor, and other metalwork for Game of Thrones. Jon Snow’s sword ‘Long Claw’, Arya Stark’s ‘Needle’ and many others have been made at this factory along with Jon’s suit of armor, Eddard Stark’s ensemble and more. Goil adds, “Now we focus mainly on licensed replicas which are all exported.”

Daenery’s dragons are made in a facility in Mumbai which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Prana Studios.

August 30, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Fashion Designer Connects East with West

Ruby Bhandari‘s passion for designing began even as she was a teenager. Born in New York of Indian descent, the University of Texas, Austin graduate set up Silk Threads in northwest Dallas where she offers ready-to-wear or custom-designed dresses, custom bridal wear, Indian American styles, and fusion menswear.

Her creations are manufactured in a factory in New Delhi, where junior designers procure the fabric and get it dyed according to a customer’s specifications, and artisans start on the embroidery. On request, the company will send pictures of the order in progress, and if needed, at an extra cost, it also arranges to courier swatches of the embroidery that is being done on a specific apparel.

Ruby Bhandari in her factory at Delhi

Ruby Bhandari in her factory at Delhi

Bhandari has expanded her designs to include royal blue and silver items in honor of the Dallas Cowboys, and she just launched a collection of destination bridal wear, reports Dallas News.

August 29, 2017   No Comments

WeddingWire Starts Operations in India

WeddingWire Inc., the Chevy Chase, Maryland-based online marketplace for the wedding industry opened its headquarters in a leased space in Gurgaon, approximately 20 miles southwest of Delhi.

Proximity to Delhi played a role in WeddingWire’s decision to base its headquarters in Gurgaon, reports Bizjournals. “Delhi is the biggest market in India,” said Anoop Kumar, who heads strategy and corporate development at the company. Gurgaon is also a technology hub which hosts Indian operations for companies such as Google, Accenture, and Uber. As a result, there is “a lot of talent there. India represents a large wedding market that is significantly different from the other 14 countries in which WeddingWire operates,”  Kumar added.

WeddingWire Planner

August 10, 2017   No Comments

NBA Launches Academy in India

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the opening of the NBA Academy India, basketball training center, the first of its kind in the country, at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Delhi National Capital Region for the top male and female prospects from throughout India.

Twenty-one elite male prospects, who were selected following a three-month, nationwide basketball talent search, will receive scholarships and training at this academy. Three experienced coaches have been selected to guide the development of the players here: Ray Farrell, who will serve as Technical Director and will oversee all aspects of on-court and off-court development; Jacques Vandescure, will serve as the Player Development Coach; and  Todd Gates, will serve as the Strength and Conditioning Coach.  WNBA Legend Jennifer Azzi will be the Technical Director of the girls program at the academy.

Playing basketball

NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum told ESPN, ” “Look, clearly cricket is the No. 1 sport here in India, so the cultural challenge is that growing up, basketball wasn’t necessarily taught and played at the youth level. But we are actually investing a ton into making sure that more kids are being given the opportunity to play basketball, particularly in school.”

May 16, 2017   No Comments

Dr. Oetker Localizes for India

Founded in 1891 in northern  Germany, Dr. Oetker is a family enterprise that manufactures frozen pizzas, cakes, yogurts and other products. In India since 2007, the company first introduced frozen pizzas and muesli in the country. However, the were unsuccessful in this venture since “the home baking division was not a huge market, the concept of frozen pizza was far too early for the consumers and the chilled dessert market was at a nascent stage in India,” reports the Economic Times.

In 2008, Dr Oetker bought Delhi-based Fun Foods, that manufactured packaged food products such as mayonnaise and sandwich spreads, and revenues jumped: from $5 million  in 2008, to $35 million  last year. Sales of eggless mayonnaise  account for almost 80 percent of the overall mayonnaise volume in India.

Dr. Oetker's mayonnaise
Pointing out his first biggest lesson, Oliver Mirza, head of the company’s India vertical, said, “Whatever we do internationally, nothing works in India. People think differently in India, so you need to focus on needs and essentials. You cannot come with international concepts.”

“It’s important to understand India with its local needs,” he says, adding that mayonnaise in India is creamy unlike in the U.S. and the U.K. where it’s starchy.

November 4, 2016   No Comments