Indian elements …What does it even mean? For me, it personally means welcoming all guests with the most delicious warming cup of chai. Though, I suppose it does have a different meaning to different generations and of course, varies hugely across regions. A traditional Indian home is typically dotted with brass artefacts and wooden carvings but it doesn’t always have to be this. Don’t get me wrong! A beautifully placed brass with a shiny green plant behind it, will always make a place smile. But, there is more to an Indian home than just this.
Indian crafts and embroideries, sometimes with splashes of colour but at other times, fairly muted…there is so much to choose from. I was browsing the internet, and some pictures just caught my attention and of course, I had to share them with you all. So, sit back and have a peep:
1. Athangudi tiles
These aren’t ceramic tiles at all. These handmade tiles are a visual treat and are made in home factories in Athangudi, typically by filling the mould with bright paints that is mixed with a little cement and local sand. The patterns on these tiles are generally floral and geometric and are finished (not machine polished!) to stay glossy for years and years!
or from Athangudi Palace Tiles in Karaikudi: Phone : +91 4565 281339, +91 4565 233331 Mobile : +91 94422 28331, +91 9442229331
2. Aranmula Kannadi
The exclusive Aranmula Kannadi is a mirror made of a medley of metal alloys and not glass. The uniqueness of its construction has been kept a closely guarded secret and is only known to four families in Aranmula. Its elusive charm has found it a place in the British Museum, where a 45 centimeter tall Aranmula mirror can be found.
3. Wooden trays or coasters
Buy from: Organic Connect
Ceramics are made across the globe but very important in the Indian home. Pottery is a big part of India and potters are making fairly traditional products, but what caught my eye was the gorgeous work of this company. May be, you could ask Megha of MudSlingers to inscribe some text in your preferred language…
Buy from: The MudSlingers Ceramics
5. Copper or ‘Kansa’ on your Table
Baarique creates unique pieces of art. The utensils are handmade & adorned with artwork by hand. Eating in ‘Kansa’ was the norm until such time that steel and bone china took over! You can choose to bring the good ‘ole days back again.
Buy from: Baarique
Bring in a little history, perhaps a craft from India into your home; Be Notjustashopper!