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This set of two owls in minimal bands of colours gazing around curiously through their large eyes - is fun yet practical. Handcrafted from sustainably harvested wood and coloured with natural dyes that are nontoxic, they bring a sense of lightheartedness to the table, whilst being extremely functional. Enjoy with friends and family.
Wipe insides with a dry cloth before first use
Handcrafted from wood and natural, non-toxic dyes
Avoid exposure to direct sun
Clean with a damp cloth and wipe dry immediately
Varnam means colours, and it is an ode to the vibrancy of India. I attempt to bring my aesthetic sensibilities and design philosophy to traditional crafts, to re-orient them to the modern context through utilitarianism and functionality.READ THE STORY
Karthik shared his inspiration behind starting Varnam and the relevance of craft in a contemporary context.
Your story is so inspiring - could you share it with us?
Varnam started its work over two years ago in an attempt has been to reorient Channapatna lac turnery – an age-old craft that was dying a slow death - to the modern context by focusing on products that have utilitarian value and a modern aesthetic. The result is a series of products in the home and lifestyle space that has showcased the adaptability of this traditional toy-craft and widened its appeal.
I do not follow an organized process like most trained designers do. I usually start with something around me that sparks off a product idea and if it excites me, I work on it at the factory. I do an initial sketch, sit with my artisans to get the prototype done and once this is tweaked and finalized, they are given a final drawing with measurements for future production. My inspiration comes from everywhere - looking around when I’m stuck at a traffic signal or seeing a film or video online.
How do the artisans you work with perceive your philosophy?
My artisans realize that I'm committed to the craft as they have seen me coming there in person, week after week, for years now. It's a mutual admiration club. They also tweak and adapt my ideas and that is the best part of this collaboration. I do not, however, feel that they think too much about the social consciousness part of it. For them it's a job and as long its sustainable, they are ok to continue doing it. They have, however, begun to realize the potential of doing things differently and have more belief in their skill sets today than, perhaps, when they started.
Thank you for your time Karthik! We wish you much success!