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Twilight-Blue Purbasthali Sari from Bengal with Woven Flowers on Pallu

Twilight-Blue Purbasthali Sari from Bengal with Woven Flowers on Pallu

The finest of homegrown cottons go into fashioning this variety of sarees from the Eastern Deccan, called the Purbasthali. Usually dyed in tender pastel shades and tints with local floral motifs woven in into the foreground, this one comes worked with glittering zari all along the border and across the endpiece. The petals on the endpiece are gigantic, while the weave on the border and across the field are like waves of tendrils giving this saree a singular feminine appeal.
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The Sacred Silhouette Of Ganesha

The Sacred Silhouette Of Ganesha

The silhouette of Ganesha is unmistakable. The chubby limbs, the pot belly, the signature trunk, and the large ears are each enough to give away His sacred presence. The adorable boy-deity of the Hindu pantheon, Ganesha is arguably the most deeply loved deity; His icons, the most widely stocked up on. This Ganesha is small enough to fit into the palm of the devotee, the gracious lines of the sculpture fusing together to compose a sublime image. He reclines on a bolster large enough to outdo His famous-across-the-heavens tummy. The palm of the supporting hand is turned outwards in blessing, the minimalistic lines of which are superbly expressive. The same goes for the rest of His limbs - the raised knee, the other hand that rests on it, and the other leg stretched loosely beneath the folds of His long dhoti.

There is much to this highly stylised Ganesha that sets it apart from your run-of-the-mill handheld Ganesha sculptures. The trunk is long and slender and graceful as it sits closely on the curve of His full belly. Despite the minimalistic definitions of this composition, the garment the deity is draped in is considerably realistic. The characteristic curve of His large ears is a beauteous aspect, while the Shaivite tilak on the forehead - indicative of His parentage, that He is the son of Shiva - renders this unputdownable. Note the subtler details such as the angle of the foot that emerges from the hem of the dhoti, and the lifelike engraving on the side of the bolster.

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Shri Yantra (Shri Chakra)

Shri Yantra (Shri Chakra)

Yantras are a fascinating spiritual merchandise of the east. The Sanskrit word translates to ‘instrument’. Indeed the yantra with its characteristic maze-like curves has been discussed in tantric texts as the gateway between the microcosm and the macrocosm. This unusual Madhubani – unusual because of the vivid pigments that fill the lines of the yantra – will add stability and purpose to your space.
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French-Vanilla Printed Reversible Blanket from Dehradun with Kantha Stitch

French-Vanilla Printed Reversible Blanket from Dehradun with Kantha Stitch

There is something very comforting about the kantha stitch. Having originated in the homes of economical women, it is the result of putting together layer after layer of old fabrics and sewing them together to make the warmest bedclothes and garments. The one you see on this page is a fine example of this luxuriant stitch. The warm yellow tones it is dyed in adds to the cosiness factor of this single bedspread. Fashioned from pure homegrown cotton, this would make your bed a great place to return to each night.


The uniform pattern of embroidery and the characteristic shapes of each block of colour are unique to kantha. Zoom in on the same to take in the precision and complexity with which it has been done. The same is hemmed in by a broad layer of pale solid yellow. The reverse of this bedspread is a creamy ivory colour, dotted with miniscule yellow stitches, which you may flip over to depending on your mood.

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Richly Coloured Devi Sarasvati Mandir

Richly Coloured Devi Sarasvati Mandir

For the devotee of Devi Sarasvati, this murti comes with its own temple built around the pratima. The handiwork is distinctly South Indian. A rich colour palette of pastels makes a statement of absolute joy, while the wooden medium betrays the great skill and devotion on the part of the artist. Indeed, such are the characteristics of the gorgeous temples of the South, from the kind that has stood for centuries to the one you see on this page, made for modern spaces.


The beautiful Devi is seated in Her altar on a pale pink lotus. In Her four hands She holds a rosary, a pothi (spiritual manuscript), and of course the veena. She is the deity of intellectual pursuits - learning and music and the arts - which explains the elements of Her iconography. Despite the fact that the work put into the mandir dominates the composition and the pratima is relatively tiny, She has been carved in beauteous detail: the composure of Her countenance, the shringar of Her neck cascading over the stem of Her instrument, and the one-of-a-kind blue-winged crown on Her head.


Natural, traditional motifs grace Her mandir. She is flanked by blue-lotus pillars, sandwiched between platforms engraved with coloured lotus petals. An unconventional templetop characterises the composition. A pair of large, young peacocks are seemingly holding the entire arrangement up on their heads.

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The Ten Forms of Goddess Kali with Yantras

The Ten Forms of Goddess Kali with Yantras

Madhubani art is so called because it is endemic to Bihar's Madhubani district; the Mithila region, to be precise. Having been practised by local women, it is a form of bhitti chitra ('bhitti' means 'wall'; 'chitra', 'painting') used to decorate the home and the hearth. Understandably, the themes dominant in the folk art produced by a simple, reserved people are devotional and draw from the rich mythology of the culture.
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Moonstruck Kaftan from Kashmir with Hand-Embroidered Beads and Sequins

Moonstruck Kaftan from Kashmir with Hand-Embroidered Beads and Sequins

Kashmir is the home of the kaftan (among other things, of course). It is a long loose robe designed to be layered over multiple rounds of warm clothing to beat the merciless chill of the mountains. This unique Indian piece of outerwear has evolved to be worn as a standalone dress, as an ethnic variety of gowns. The kaftan you see on this page is a typical Kashmiri dress - it flows loosely from the shoulders downwards, the fairy sleeves almost impossible to make out. Note how the embroidered plunging neckline reveals just a teasing bit of the decolletage.

The field of the kaftan is a moon-like silver colour. The silk of the make - the most delicate variety grown in the valley - lends it a shimmer that would make you look like some shapely sliver of the moon having descended the earth. Every bit of the embroidery that meets the eyes has been laboriously done by hand. Zoom in on the same to appreciate the perfection of the work, and the irresistible beads and sequins that complete it. This is a fine number to wear to close-knit evening gatherings, best teamed with ever-so-slightly dramatic makeup.

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Lord Balaji Wall-Hanging, A Multitude Of Lamps At His Feet

Lord Balaji Wall-Hanging, A Multitude Of Lamps At His Feet

Everything that is made in the South is infused with devotion. The formidable sculptural tradition of the region is dominated by bronze, which dates back to the patronage of the Chola rulers of the 13th century. This one-of-a-kind bronze wall-hanging is a fine example of the fact that artisans of the South have the skill and the aesthetics coursing through their veins to this day. It has been handpicked from Bangalore, where the best of them run their studios.
It comprises of three trays of wick-lamps at the lower end, one of which is flanked by a slightly elevated pair. Each tray bears five lamps each, so you have a total of fifteen lamps to light up a corner of your home-mandira. The layered concentric discs that make up the stem of this sculpture are engraved with lotus petals. Complementing it are the gorgeous vines protruding from the base and holding up the wick-trays.


The intricately sculpted Balaji at the top of this hanging lamp makes this a unique work of devotional art. The details of His iconography and composure are intact, framed as they are by perfectly symmetrical floral projections. At the lateral extremes are dual faces of the divine shankha motif. Note how the procession of elephants of lions, beginning midway through the stem, seem to be holding up the Lord’s aureole.

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The Placid Devi Durga (Framed)

The Placid Devi Durga (Framed)

When we think of Ma Durga, an image of the Devi Mahishasuramardini (slayeress of demon Asura) appears in the mind’s eye. That powerful stance; that piercing gaze. However, as the mahalaya will tell you, there is much more to Ma Durga. The painting you see on this page gives you a glimpse of Her serenity, which makes for a more conventional image of the Hindu devi. Minus the writhing Asura at Her feet, She is as relatable and Her presence as soothing as, say Devi Lakshmi or Devi Sarasvati.

She is a wheatish fair, as is the standard of beauty of the North. The painter has depicted Her ashtabhujadhari form; despite her all-important weapons being intact, She has laid them down for a bit. Instead, alta-tattooed hands of Her anterior arms are cradling a lotus and showering blessings. Her delicate bootidar red saree is cinched at the waist with a gold kamarband. A garland of fresh flowers completes Her resplendent shringar. Even Her simhavahana projects a kingly calm and reserve. Zoom in on its mane to appreciate the superb level of detail that has gone into the painting, its glory a fine match for the Devi’s ample black tresses (visible even around Her lower limbs). The gold crown that sits on Her brow, the blinding halo that frames Her face, are in keeping with the light emanating from those large lifelike eyes.

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Flame Uppada Sari from Bangalore with Self-Weave and Peacocks on Border

Flame Uppada Sari from Bangalore with Self-Weave and Peacocks on Border

While Uppada saris are distinguished from their Kanjivaram counterparts by the cotton warp, a lot of the region’s weavers (Uppada is in the East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh) have begun to fashion pure silk numbers. This makes for a sumptuous drape as well as a kind of statement in the world of traditional Indian fashionistas. The one you see on this page is one such, handpicked like all our sarees for the quality of its make and the finish of the drape.


The colour is a deep, viscose orange. Zooming in on the field of this solid-coloured saree would enable you to take in the beauty of the self-woven leaves against the silk. The same is hemmed in with a thick border of gold, onto which are woven rows of elephants and peacocks. The infusion of a dense Prussian blue on the endpiece, most of which is worked with gold, makes for a statement-making colour palette that would look great at a wedding or ritual ceremony.

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