This festive season feels more auspicious than usual. It’s a time to show gratitude for everyday blessings amidst a challenging year. While you gather with friends and family, (within social distancing norms), also consider shining a light on some of the communities whose livelihoods have been adversely affected these past few months.
We’ve curated a list of 10 home decor gifting options, handcrafted by Indian artisans. All products are part of Artisan Direct – an initiative by Ficci FLO & Creative Dignity, which aims to offer Indian craft communities access to new markets and livelihood opportunities via partnerships with lifestyle brands and e-commerce platforms. All proceeds go to the artisans. The Creative Dignity movement has been working to energize the handicrafts ecosystem, which Indian artisans rely on, in this time of COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 impact.
01. This miniature painting on stamp paper by award-winning, Rajasthani artist Babu Lal Marotia. The artform dates back to 7th-century AD, Bengal.
Rs.1,200. Shop via Zwende
02. This recycled fibre table lamp by Sutrakaar Creations – an eco-textile, social enterprise that uses 80 percent upcycled waste yarn in its creations.
Rs.13,000. Shop via Freedom Tree
03. This rose-quartz elephant sculpture by master carver Prithvi Raj Kumawat of Priya Handicrafts.
Rs.900. Shop via Jaypore
04. This pattu weave cushion cover by Bandhan artisans in Rajasthan.
Rs.560. Shop via Freedom Tree
05. This kavad shrine by Dwarka Prasad Jangid. The kavad is a portable shrine, made of sheesham or mango wood, was traditionally used as a medium to narrate religious and folk tales.
Rs.3,940. Shop via Zwende
06. This rosewood and brass jewellery box by Mohan Lal Sharma of Sharma Art and Handicrafts flaunts the tarkashi inlaying technique.
Rs.950. Shop via Jaypore
07. This photo-frame by Sutrakaar Creations is made from recycled corrugated sheets, covered with cotton fabric and bordered in handwoven paper fabric.
Rs.830. Shop via Zwende
08. This black and orange, tanka cotton quilt by Sadhna – a fair trade, women’s handicraft enterprise that facilitates the sustainable livelihood of 700 women.
Rs.4,500 + taxes (double bed). Shop via gocoop
09. This deer tree, by dhokra crafter Baldev Bagmare, employs a 4,000-year-old wax casting technique on non-ferrous metal.
Rs.510. Shop via Zwende
Rs.7,980 (set of two). Shop via iTokri