Jute Emporium – Alwarpet

Been to the Jute Emporium on TTK Road, Alwarpet. It isĀ  a well stocked store with all kinds of items in Jute. The bags are eye-catchy & functional. Heart the Jute Jewellery ;-) ). very cute pieces. There are some really good decor items that you would like to add to your collection. Easy on the budget + Plus, ‘Going Green’ is the in-thing now..;-)Jute Emporium

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Tantalizing Thanjavur Plates

Among the Tamilnadu native artifacts, Tanjavur Plates hold a unique place. The plates were commissioned by the Maratha ruler of Thanjavur – Raja Serfoji II, in the early 19th century specifically to be an object to glorify his rule!.

Thanjavur plates (Tanjavur/Tanjore) are made of three metals – Silver, brass, and copper.Usually the central circular disc will have a Hindu god/godess – like ganesha.

The Crafts and Artisans say “The metal plate has as its base a plate of brass prepared by a heavy-metal worker”;” the relief on copper is worked upon by a jeweller while the encrusting is done by a stone-setter with silver.” Good news is that the Thanjavur plates have been registered under the Geographical Indications (GI) – a legal protection against duplicates.

Tip: Get the plate laminated with plastic; the metal might rust.

Thanjavur Plate

Thanjavur Plate - ChennaiDecor.com

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Antique Brass Decor

Recently, caught hold of an antique brass-pooja vessel. It is called the Panchapaatiram – Uthirini.

The specialty of brass is that, you can use it as a decorative piece both in the rustic & polished flavors. The brass container can be modeled into an antique flower vase or you could put it in a cozy corner. Let your creative ideas run riot ;-)

Uthirini - ChennaiDecor.com

 

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DakshinaChitra – Treasure Trove in ECR

In their own words “DakshinaChitra is a center for the living traditions of art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture of India with an emphasis on the traditions of South India.”

It’s a definite don’t miss, if you are visiting chennai & traveling to see the famed Mahabalipuram sea-shore temple. It is about 25 km from chennai & its right on the ECR (East Cost Road).

In DakshinaChitra, you get a feel of traditional living in all southern states – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. Beautiful thematic houses have been reproduced in full glory – utensils – clothes, et all. Some interesting themes – Chettinad House , Brahmin House, Tanjore Agriculturer’s house, Potter house, Cloth Weaver house, Basket weaver house etc.,

Artisans carry on with their work & sell their products in specially erected stalls. You can buy some really nice stuff here!

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Urli – Welcome Home

Want a ‘welcome’ decor? Look no further. Nothing beats a flower-decked Urli.

Urli - Chennai - DecorAn Urli is a traditional cooking utensil down south of India. But now, it is used more as a piece of art! Pour some water into the Urli & You can then pick & choose ur flowers/floating candles. Urli comes in all flavors – Clay, brass, bronze etc. The budget can be as low as Rs.100 and the price increases according to the size & material. You can get in traditional utensil shops and in decor stores too.

 

Clay Urli - Chennai Decor

Clay Urli - Chennai Decor

Brass Urli

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A Fresh Start

A thing of Beauty is Joy forever! – John Keats…

Looking to spot the ‘hibiscus’ at concrete floors & share the joy

hibiscus

Hibiscus in Concrete

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