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Péro, an ethereally lovely handcrafted clothing line and All Things Chocolate, a scrumptiously unique brand of artisan chocolate, come together in these preciously chequered gingham boxes. As collectible as they come, these boxes are. Mostly used to store stash, safety pins and paper clips. Yes, I asked around.

Find All Things here, and Péro here.

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Alta or Rose Bengal is a deep red dye made from lac and used to grace the feet and hands of women and dancers in the North East regions of India. I’ve always seen the dye in glass bottles that stain red even after using it once, making it difficult to store and handle, especially after one is dressed up. Glass bottles also make it scary to hold because if this breaks and falls you’ll have very deep red dye stains all over the place, forever.

So it was nice to find a plastic bottle shaped to be held comfortably. Found this one right outside a durga temple in Calcutta. Love the kitschness and joba-ness of the cover and love the shape of the bottle and the chauka depiction on the front. The chauka is the basic position in Odissi and symbolic of Lord Jagannath.

Not too sure how well that stopper will work once open, but will definitely be more seal-proof than the screw-type cap.

 

A scarf, a thin rectangular towel, a dupatta, a sari, the lungi. Any of these can make the perfect carrier for that just-about-anything you’re worrying about lugging around – Screaming babies, giggly puppies, bricks or books.

What I find most appealing though is the storage factor once you’re done with it – folds neatly away and takes up minimal space.

Unfuss India.

12652304.a00df55b.1024Picture and story via Gopal MS and his fab Mumbai Paused blog. Click here to visit it.

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image-1I like it when brands think like your mother. They give you a good quality ingredient (asafoetida) and put it into a package that fits perfectly well into your kitchen – once you carefully peel the label off, that is. This steel dabba can continue holding hing from other brands way after this is done. Good, confident one, Aachi.

I picked mine up at the Village supermarket on Wheeler Road, Bangalore.

Picture courtesy: My iPhone5. May its tribe continue to grow.

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Matt Lee is an artist and teacher from the UK, currently in Bangalore. He collects matchboxes across India and has 600 of them now. Featured here are some of the quirky and unseen ones. I recognised a few.

Indian matchboxes are tiny and contain just enough matchsticks to last you for a day. The result is that you’ll see these lying around a lot. I also like that so much colour and fun goes into something with a short life.

Though the ones here have been immortalised.

Via: Pii friend and writer, Amulya Shruthi. Click here to know more about Matt Lee.

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Cotton thread packaging in cotton thread packaging.

Cotton thread is used in India to pack a lot of things. From parcels to your idli-vada evening takeaway.

Really like the red-ink stamped brown paper wrap that advertises this Ahmedabad store’s range.

Via: Avani Tanya who I (barely) mentored for her soulful Bangalore project which you can view here.

 

 

Out of all the TJ’s packaging I just went through, this one spoke of an India that’s fast disappearing. I thought I should feature it before we move completely to an e-docs in e-folders world.

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TJ, by the way, is Tihar Jail. The inmates make these. Click here to see all their products.

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These two little boxes contain haldi and kumkum. Each one promises to sit comfortably in the middle of your palm while you stand on tip-toe and peek into a mirror to apply kumkum on your forehead.

The colours on the boxes, the illustrations and the fonts – All kitsch. All Goddess-friendly.

Via (and photographed) by Archana Srinivas of Rang Decor.

Meet the entire range of Gopuram products here.

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Truly unique packaging. Everytime I see the pack or even their logo, I drool.

Two lessons: 1. Don’t keep changing the pack design. 2. What the pack contains is very important.

 

PIcture by Pii-friend and Rang Decor author, Archana Srinivas.

In 1998, the Tamil romantic hit was Jeans. It had ARR’s soul-stirring music and Aishwariya Rai at her peachy, youthful best. It also had a super cool packaging for it’s cassette. Jeans pockets, I say!

Here’s a part of the email from Praveen (co-founder of Wooplr and Pii friend) who submitted it:

“It was the summer of ’98 and I even remember what was playing that night the shot was taken. It was from this dud of a movie called Jeans, but then the songs were melodious and the video was spectacular – especially the one that covers the then ‘7 Wonders of the World’. But what really stood out was the packaging of the audio cassettes & CDs. As this was before the internet age dawned in India, there were quite a few unconventional anti-piracy measures undertaken by the producers for the audio release. One of them was to package them in Denim Pockets – now, how cool was that.”

 

It’s the vintage green, chocolate brown and white combo that had me flat. That, and the fact, that this is packed and manufactured in a very Anglo-Indian part of Bangalore – Langford Town.

Showing a neatly starched, crisp white shirt on the cover ensures the bais know what this is used for. The powder within is held in a thin plastic pouch, ensuring reusability without too much fuss.

The packaging is thin cardboard and looks like it’ll melt into the ground the minute it’s discarded. Friendly.

Pic: Pii.

Available: At Nilgiris, Brigade Road, Bangalore.

They come large enough to pickle a body in and small enough to store your favourite spices in. Traditionally, however, these have been used for pickles. The cool ceramic balances the heat generated within the pot with the chillies and oils. The colours are also soothing (cream and biscuit brown). It’s to calm the crazy pickle inside.

I use one as a flower vase though.

Available: Everywhere in India.

 

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