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An earthy ceramic container with an earthier hued kalamkari fabric as a lid wrap. Promises to put the plastic jars on your spice rack to tearful shame.

Via, Kavita Rayirath of Indian By Design.

Picture courtesy: The Jiyo site.

Little camphor flames surrounded by marigold and roses, held together in dried leaves stitched together with bits of twig and set afloat down a moody Ganga at dusk to depict the journey of the soul through life.

But thanks to ‘spiritual’ tourism it was – make a wish and if it goes down the river smooth, your wish will come true.

No matter what, that basket is as fragile and as vibrant as life.

 

Must do: Haridwar evening aarti.

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.

 

Urulis have traditionally been used for cooking in Kerala. But today, they’re used for everything but that. In beautiful shades of old gold, and available in any size, old urulis can be used to hold fresh jasmine, marigold or scented floating candles.  I use mine for magazines as it’s just the right size. My grandmother gives the old ones to the hens to lay their eggs in. Really!

Saundhi Mitti, however, has given new life to the old uruli and brought them back in a new avatar in ceramic and lovely, earthy shades. Click here to see the entire range and a host of other objets.

Via, talented Pii friend, Archana Srinivas.

My Sunny Balcony has all types of garden do-dahs. Vibrant big pots, quirky tiny ones, they even do garden-makeovers and transform sordid little balconies to zen oases. Click here to meet them online or drop by at 12, Aga Abbas Ali Road (Ulsoor, Bangalore: Next to Peaches salon) to meet them offline.

Picture: MSB on FB. Right here.

Piggy banks from Kili for the Maharashtrian, the Goan, the Coorg and all. Or maybe you can save up money in one so you can spend it all on a Maharashtrian, a Goan or a Coorg. Quirky oinkers all.

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