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.
Available: At Nilgiris, Brigade Road, Bangalore.
Loved the brown paper simplicity of its arrival.
(What’s inside? Organic, bunny-ear soft tee-shirts)
This package is proof that good words straight from the heart will work way more wonders than complicated, overly colourful packaging.
Get your pack home here.
What Pii really appreciates is when one uses material around them to pack a product. Bipha Ayurveda‘s soaps and incense sticks (they have a whole range of other goodies too) come wrapped (in a very easy, uncomplicated way) in natural coconut tree fibres. To add a hint of colour, the edges are woven with coloured thread. A loose, breathable style that is very common in Kerala.
Love their products too. Authentic ayurveda. The real stuff. Shop here.
Pii loved it for its simple, retro tin and more importantly, for its bold use of colours and font.
The Cadbury purple and a delicious orangeness (very 80s fluorescent) of that sans-serif font. Confident chopping of the word to give importance to the size.
That is the cool
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.
A classic. KC Das also has tinier ones for their mishti doi that are so seeped with the flavour that you are tempted to bite into that too.
Picture courtesy: Pii.