Nicobar (Good Earth’s hipster arm) has come out with an innovative little piece that is so connected to all they do and feel. A bar of chocolate crafted exclusively for Nicobar by the talented Mandakini (who was recently featured on their blog for her baked goodnesses). The bar’s packaging features their current tropical palette. How beautifully linked and delicious.
Pics: From the Nicobar FB page and site.
Doug (dhug means cloud in Marathi) is a hand-crafted bracelet made by women cotton farmers in India to raise money in times of drought. It’s poetic that they’ve chosen the cloud to be a symbol of this hopeful initiative.
The packaging is a simple brown with the thought neatly laid out on the front and the bracelet displayed almost like it’s a floating cloud.
It’s easy-to-make, great to look at and can be neatly parceled off to those who want to help.
Get your Doug here.
In my increasingly-manic quest for dairy-free chocolate, I was blessed enough to have finally stumbled across Earth Loaf right here in Mysore, yoga’s second favourite destination. Emails flew back and forth and after prompt confirmation from David that it was indeed dairy-free, I ordered my first stash.
I am not going into detail about the exquisite, volcanic eruption of pure, slightly salty, slightly bitter cacao in my long-deprived soul; because this is a packaging blog.
The packaging reminded me of the love with which I used to wrap gifts when I first discovered Auroville handmade paper. In this case, the paper is made from recycled cotton and silk and screen-printed with motifs of peacocks and elephants. The motif is Chittara art of the Malnad region and designed by Mysore-based Harsha Nagaraju. David, of Earth Loaf, has used cacao beans and palmyra sugar from the region and intends for the packaging to be from there too.
What I liked the most – line on the back of the pack that reads “Made, packed and loved by:….”
‘97% India’ is the tagline. The rest of the 3% is open to the world and its influences.
With its Nandi tones and crimson shades, No-Mad crafts products straight from the heart. Distinct and very wantable.
When K first pointed me to their post, the first thing I noticed was the effort that went into each carton. The sides were hand sewn and the whole package was well thought through. Careful placement of the label that was so central and so easy to have been done in a slap-on-postage stamp kind of way. But not.
The cloth bags carry on it the very Indian buta print. A bold red and 100% cotton make these pouches very reusable. The canvas labels on it are inspired by desi laundry tags – perfect in its finish and charming in its source of inspiration.
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Grey Garden has launched their Bento meals. Bento, traditionally a Japanese convenience meal, is meticulously packed with love (and a lot of times, with elaborate decorations on the food). The food is packed into either a disposable box using eco-friendly materials (like the one featured here) or there are the more expensive ones made of lacquerware. In India, we call it tiffin box. But sushi in a tiffin box would so not be right, no?
Pic courtesy: The Grey Garden FB page.