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“Stories from Channapatna”

A Chettinad boy, Karthik Vaidyanathan is excitedly reviving their 200 year old toy-craft with VARNAM- a social enterprise that works with the Channapatna artisans to create lifestyle products, jewellry & toys.

This traditional craft was originally brought to India by Persian King Tipu Sultan in the 18th century. Varnam smartly imbibes the buzzwords of the 21st century- eco-friendly and sustainable, for it’s practical and aesthetically trendy products. Their lac-turnery uses natural resin secreted by a microscopic tiny insect, ‘laccifer lacca’ and moulded out of ‘wrightia tinctoria’ wood which is locally cultivated and known for its medicinal qualities. Being socially proactive they have employed the local women who are mainly self-taught despite being in the pre-dominantly male industry.

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Oilcraft Naturals

“A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power” in the words of George Meredith, rings a bell for all beauty queens or celebrities who have made it imperative to look good and feel good at all times in this competitive world. The aging factor, skin type, lifestyle and of course the need to spend conservatively on pure contents, drew me towards Oilcraft Naturals which believes in blending ancient traditions of aromatherapy with a modern approach to well-being. Four years ago, Neena Dube Tiwari‘s glowing skin captivated me, as she is a walking advertisement for her skin products. I couldn’t help thinking how nearly every woman would give an arm and a leg for that perfect radiant skin.Genetic endowment coupled with lifestyle and food habits matter, however one should try not to forget that a beauty regimen suited for one’s age group can also do wonders to one’s skin.

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“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and….. I believe in miracles”– this Audrey Hepburn’s quote is something I swear by each day….. you too could begin with this feel-good exercise from Valentine’s Day itself. But this time I’ve decided to pamper myself silly with some eclectic and affordable items making my life simpler and better; defining my style with each passing year. An assortment of lifestyle and home accessories by Samira Gupta and Dhritiman Deb Pillai; this husband n wife duo shape products aesthetically with a background of branding, marketing and commercial interiors under studioeksaat.

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