Breathing New Life into Tribal Artistry & Artists
While Indian tribal art is revered around the world, the artisans are often forgotten. Sunil Tayal and Alok Choudhary were acutely aware of this situation and were thus determined to do something about it. They established Lavanya Merchantile in 2014 to promote art ...
While Indian tribal art is revered around the world, the artisans are often forgotten. Sunil Tayal and Alok Choudhary were acutely aware of this situation and were thus determined to do something about it. They established Lavanya Merchantile in 2014 to promote art with the creator in mind. Their respect for artistry formed the foundation of this venture. Lavanya Merchantile is an embodiment of the mission to protect, nurture, and propagate ancient traditions, crafts, and craftsmen. When you purchase a product from Lavanya, you too become a part of this noble endeavour.
Lavanya Merchantile houses an exclusive collection of metal items, whose beauty and splendour you will truly be enamoured with. The artefacts are handcrafted by the tribals of Bastar and sourced directly from Chhattisgarh, India. Key attractions include metal sculptures of Nandi, camel, deer, elephant, horse, humans, boats, and Lord Ganapati. The brand is also popular for its wide range of metal pen stands, spoon stands, candle stands, card holders, flower pots, good-luck masks, mementos, trumpets, and frames. Since the products are not machine-made, they are marked by variations and rawness that further up their beauty and uniqueness. The company thus prides in the fact that no two products are identical.
The enterprise, which ensures that artisans receive the maximum benefit, has become hugely popular in a short span. In 2014, they showcased their handicrafts at an exhibition in Italy and received a lot of appreciation.
Lavanya’s handicrafts are produced using high-grade materials. They have an impressive finish and design. More importantly, they are created without dyes or artificial colours. The artisans use their knowledge and experience to create exceptional art that showcases tradition and history. Lavanya Merchantile also provides design ideas to artisans based on their R&D. All products are known to maintain perfect finish, sheen, and character for years. And obviously, they make great gifts.
The artistic expression of the people of Chhattisgarh is unique and simple. Closely in touch with their environment, the tribal of Chhattisgarh draw inspiration from nature in all its exuberance and subtleties. Traditionally the Ghadwas of Bastar and Jharas of Raigarh districts mould bell metal, brass, and bronze into exquisite dull-gold figurines and artefacts. This is known the world over as Dhokra art. Lavanya Card Holder 1 is a beautiful card holder with a rustic finish—typical of Chhattisgarh handicrafts. Made of bell metal, this card holder has a Shiva linga with a serpent next to it. This art has a religious connotation as the linga represents Lord Shiva and the serpent represents the kundalini or the energy in a person that is yet to manifest itself. This card holder is utilitarian as well as a gentle reminder that one can recognise and call upon one’s positive energy when the need arises.
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