Anju holding one of Edric Ong’s signature Iban hats. Ong creates a contemporary version of the traditional Iban’s man’s ‘topi tunjang’ rattan hat with an additional brim and a handwoven ikat hatband.

If you’ve ever visited the shop, you’ve probably met Anju. Here’s a chance to get to know her a little better…

Name: Anju Kataria
Role at Khazana: Owner/Founder

Favorite room in Khazana: The Textile Room. It makes me feel warm and comfortable, and I love the stories that are tied to [everything inside it]. It’s full of color!

Favorite item at Khazana: [That is] very difficult to answer, I have many favorites. You can’t pick a favorite child! What really makes me happy is the people that I work with.

The fish makes me very happy.


Anju bought this hand-hammered fish in India about 25 years ago. The mouth opens and closes!

What do you do outside of Khazana? Nothing! I walk, read, and eat.

Morning routine: First, I always drink a tall glass of warm water, sometimes with lemon and honey. When I wake up, I like a little bit of quiet time, when I think, I read a little bit, I have my cup of tea, and think how the day will begin.

I like to look at what the girls have posted on [Khazana’s Instagram and Facebook], and how people have reacted to it.

After I have my first cup of tea in bed by myself, I have my second cup of tea sitting with my mama.

Bedtime routine: I find a favorite show to watch or a podcast to listen to. If my mind is too tired, I pick up a book to read. If I have company, I like to sit and [talk about] how the day went.

Anju with her mama in the shop.

Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Favorite gemstone: I like collecting rocks wherever I travel, most recently from the beaches in Croatia. Nicole and I made necklaces with them! I also like opals and emeralds.

Favorite herbs: Dill!

Currently reading: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Currently watching: Chopped, Chef’s Table, New Girl, Shameless

Currently listening to: Meditation music, TED talks, podcasts

Currently following: I’m not much of a social media person, but I like [following] anyone who is doing anything creative! [Especially with] textiles and food. It’s like having a classroom [right at your fingertips].
Instagram: @abacasheena@jennyindigo@wanderingsilk@moeroindigo
Facebook: The Registry of SareesKai Thari (Handloom)Dastkar