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.


I fell in love with these, sadly they’re all sold out. But you must check out what The Colour Caravan is doing.

These bottles have been painted using a traditional art form from Orissa called Pattachitra. Here’s what they have to say about it – “Pattachitra, a domain of the Chitrakar community of painters, depict religious themes. The paintings are colorful and characterized by creative motifs and details of human figures, jewelry and costumes.

The Color Caravan is working with some of the ‘finest’ pattachitra artists from Orissa.

The canvas is skillfully made. Cotton cloth is pasted on the bottle with gum made from powdered tamarind seeds dried in the sun. It is then coated with a paste made out of white chalk and powdered tamarind seeds. After the canvas has dried, it is burnished first with a coarse stone and finally with a smooth pebble.

The design is sketched and the outlined areas of the sketch are filled in with colors extracted from rocks and seashells. The painting is finished with a coat of lacquer, applied using a soft cloth.

It takes about 3 days to just prepare the canvas and another 7-9 days to paint & lacquer coat one bottle.”

Isn’t it lovely? Read about it here on their FB page.

Picture courtesy: Colour Caravan.

If you’re an old, ignored CD case in Vinod Lal Heera Eshwer‘s home, you’re in luck.

He came up with this  really simple way to put up his paintings in old CD cases – “Drill a small hole on one side of a cd case. Insert painting. Hang on nail.”

Pii Tip – You could put in anything! Memorable movie tickets, notes on napkins or photographs.

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