Imagine walking into a restaurant and transported into another era altogether. Wine connoisseurs derive pleasure from the ambiance of the place as much as the wine itself. The vicarious pleasures of imagining yourself to be a king while holding a glass of wine is an experience like no other! And it has to be complemented by the surroundings. To completely immerse in the Elizabethan era, the props have to be proper. Imagine the sparkle in the eyes of your guests when they experience their favorite wine being served in rustic decanters which would bring back the memories of the bygone era. The jugs and jars on the tables should be complementing the aura of the place rather than being just a placeholder.
This craft form originated around 500 years ago in the Middle Eastern regions of Persia and Turkey. Back then, it was mostly used for manufacturing vases but its elegance and robustness has resulted in its application in making boxes, ornaments, trays, paintings and various other showpiece items. Bidriware gets its name from Bidar, a small town in North Karnataka which is the hub of manufacturing this unique metal ware, characterized by silver inlay patterns on black metallic surfaces. The skilled artisans from the southern regions of India beautifully engrave patterns of various flowers, leaves and human figures to leave an indelible mark of their work across the world through these black metallic canvases.
Black Pottery Square Kettle
Longpi Black Pottery has its origins in a small village called Longpi in Manipur. This style of pottery is distinctive to that village and has been practiced for over decades. Being completely black, the material used to make this special type of pottery is a mixture of black Serpentite stone and weathered rock which is then molded into the desired object. A unique feature of this pottery is that the potter’s wheel is not used in the process. The piece is entirely shaped by hands! This style of pottery is rare, exceptional and quite extraordinary. Products created by this particular craft included bathroom accessories, jugs, decanters, crockery and ceramics.
Blue Pottery Jar
Blue Pottery, a unique craft distinctive to the Pink City Jaipur is slowly gaining popularity these days. Handmade with intricate floral patterns or animal and bird motifs, each piece is exquisitely painted and crafted in its own way. The shades of blue, turquoise, pale pink and green coloring the pottery with a shining coat of glaze, is sure to light up the room instantly. It includes a wide range of products from home decor to bathroom accessories to utility products such as vases, fruit bowls, coasters and beer mugs, making them an ideal and thoughtful gift for any occasion.
Papier Mache Jug
Jammu and Kashmir
The craft known by the French term “papier-mache’” which literally means “paper pulp”, is locally known as “kar-e-kalamkari” or “pen-case work”, after its traditional Iranian name. Papier-mache’ was practiced as a form of decoration on the wooden wall panels and wooden furniture, and was eventually adapted to paper moulds as well. Trays, jewellery boxes and book covers were made for royal patrons and members of their courts. The two major processes involved in the craft are “sakthsazi” or “mould making” and naqqashi or “mould painting”. The naqqash renders the surface in intricate floral patterns or highly stylized scenes of hunts and battles. The Mughal period saw the art extending to palanquins, ceilings, bedsteads, doors and windows.
Walnut Wood Cookies Jar
Jammu and Kashmir
Walnut wood carving is an ornamental craft process that is virtually unique to Kashmir due to the exclusive availability of walnut trees (Junglas regia), locally known as dun or akhrot. The naqqash or the master carver first etches the basic pattern onto the wood and then removes the unwanted areas with the help of chisels and a wooden mallet. As a result, the design emerges from the lustrous walnut wood as an embossed surface.