naturalour earth friendly materials
Our objects are made with materials that are gentle(r) to planet Earth.
Some of our materials are recyclable, others are natural and made from locally sourced materials. And all of them are eco friendly.
The crafting methods followed by our artisans are traditional and centuries old. Embedded in these methods are indigenous techniques that convert materials into products through processes that are friendly and non-polluting.
The materials we work with imbue our artisanal products with a unique aesthetic and make for a great choice towards an environment-loving living.
Copper is a both a versatile and temperamental material. Amongst its many wondrous qualities, we love that it has a shelf life of decades and is 100% recyclable to boot. Working with copper is a delight. It is a living material - it ages and changes colour over time. It is warm earthy and plays beautifully with light. It pairs beautifully with almost every natural material - it complements leaves, flowers, tree barks, water, earth. Although it is tricky to clean, it develops a lovely patina with time, a wonderous metamorphosis for those of us who love to watch it age.
An alloy of Copper and Tin, Bronze or Kansa has been the material that was used to eat off from for centuries in India. Stories of Bronze platters (thali) sets being part of a brides trousseau abound in almost every family in regional lore. Ayurveda claims that eating off Bronze imparts health benefits as it helps to balance the doshas in our bodies. A dinner setting in Bronze wares is a visual delight. Neither silver, nor gold, Bronze bounces light gently off its surface and makes for a warm meal with loved ones.
Think India, think cotton. Come summer, and there can be nothing more soothing than the touch of cotton to skin. The cotton we use in our Home Linen series is breathable, light-weight medium staple cotton that is handwoven and handworked to a meticulous finish. Our cotton yarn is machine-spun in South India, the hanks are dyed using azo-free dies and the fabric is woven on frame looms. The final finishing and embroidery is deftly worked by nimble womens’ hands.
Our planters are made from Kaans, a grass that is planted to demarcate one rice field from another. Kaans needs no special watering or care – it grows in the residual water from the fields itself. Come summer and the kaans is harvested for making baskets and containers - thus completing a full material lifecycle. Kaans is a lightweight grass and is worked entirely by women. The grass strands are bunched to make a coil and the coils are then wound round starting from the centre, held by and fastened to each other with cords and worked outwards and upwards to complete the piece.