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.
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.
Ria Kaushal’s brand of Ayurvedic, organic, handmade goodness comes in vibrant, young packaging. Fresh, fun, friendly and very new India. Click here.
p.s – Love the name.
Paper bags made stronger with an inner lining of kitschy cotton. More shopping :) From People Tree, Delhi. Picture: People Tree on FB.
Pure Ghee Designs have the most Indian sense of colour. Earthy tones mixed with vibrant ones that reminds you of swirly gypsy skirts. Must check out their Ajrak-print iPad sleeve too.
A wallet that is simple, classy and ownable by simply bartering something of your own with the kind people at Postman Shop. Towards a world like this. Soon.
Indian Hippy keeps the wonderful tradition of Bollywood poster painting alive with their range of products. Featured here, Amitabh and Rekha. Cough cough.
Rainbow Bunting is a small space that does quaint handmade items. Pii particularly liked this piece. Works perfect if you are going to give your kid a cell phone :)
This box, recently in the Pii family and handed down from the last generation, is delicate, tiny and filled with fine filigree work. From research it looks like the origins are Cuttack. More precious to us for it’s emotional value. Do you have a memory pack too?
The products at M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation are all intensely ethnic, rooted in rural handcraftedness and are all not-for-profit but for support of the women artisans in the region and keeping alive these wonderful ways of weaving and storing.
MSB (My Sunny Balcony) has just come out with these wunnerful mosaic hanging pots that go perfectly well with any home. The mirror bits promise to give your garden a dozen suns.
Recycle Sundays: Made entirely from discarded plastic and foil packaging, these ropes are made strong and sturdy by professional rope-makers in Gujrat and marketed by the micro-entrepreneurs of the region. Makes for happy Indian rope beds amongst a hoard of other things.
Via designer & Pii friend, Purvi Sanghvi.