A connoisseur has knowledge and an understanding of the process and pedigree of a product. The word itself comes from the French ‘connaitre’ meaning ‘to be acquainted with’ or ‘to know something’. Patrons of the arts and crafts have a deep understanding of that medium, and in India this is known as having pehchaan which roughly translates as identity, insight or discernment.
The Mughals epitomised this pehchaan. they could discern the subtle difference between an indifferently made product from one that was made with care and understanding. Through our posts on Sustainable Luxury, our endeavor is to offer insights into various handicraft traditions and discuss what distinguishes them and makes them unique and thus valuable. Today we draw from tradition to create a new vocabulary of luxury