The Channapatna artistes are giving a twist to the jolly Santa Claus. They’re thinking out of the box and their affordable little knick knacks behold little wishes for this Christmas. We scout around town in search of some cute and quirky gifts to add to the joy of giving this season. Since, it’s Christmas, we feel there’s nothing better than supporting local and national artistes, designers and makers this Christmas who are sourcing some unique handmade stuff to add to the festive fervour.
Karthik Vaidyanathan of Varnam, who has been painstakingly working with the local karigars shares, “Local artisans from Channapatna have handcrafted Christmas wooden toys and artifacts, using the traditional lacquer ware turning technique of keeping the designs imitation-free. Channapatna has been known to make Christmas ornaments for many years now. This time they have made interesting Christmas baubles and bells that are very friendly on the pocket. However, we have brought some quirk to the traditional designs for this range of hanging and table top ornaments like the flaky snowman family, the signature bird and owl Christmas bells and also cat and mouse bells. Apart from these are a series of quirky, colourful table ornaments like Rudolf and many other such cute ones in the price range of Rs 100 to Rs 350 a piece.”
What’s different about these made by local artisans, Karthik states is that, “They are unconventional and of course the quality and finish. We have been working with artisans from Channapatna. We started with supporting one cluster, but we now support three and are dedicated to showcasing this craft consistently.”
Another entrepreneur from the city, Megha Joshi of The Purple Pony who sources handcrafted products at economical prices from local and national artistes talks of the trend this season. “A lot of people are picking up Christmas ornaments, handcrafted by skillful artisans and appreciating the cause behind it. Each of these whimsical creations captures bright colours and beautiful workmanship and the best part is that the artist’s creativity comes alive. These unique products can be used to deck up entire homes on Christmas and not just the trees; be it tabletops, shelves, windowsills and even office desks with perfect secret Santa gifts that are as low as Rs 499 onwards.”
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