Crafts – Wood

Jain Bowls

January 3, 2011


Available in sets of 3 to 10 bowls.

These beautifully refined sets of Jain monk bowls are hand-lathed in Rajasthan by the Kharadi muslims for use by the Shwetamber sect of Jain monks. The white robed monks renounce all worldly possessions and in a journey of humility travel by foot with their bowls seeking followers who fill them with food. The beauty of each concentric set is that from one section of wood emerge a total of three to ten bowls, each scooped out from the heart of the bowl before it. These bowls called “bhiksha patra” are lathed from local rohida wood prized for its dense grain and strength.

WATER POTS and VASESLIPPED CUPS
STRAIGHT CUPS
WATER GUORDS
SINGLE BOWLS
PLATE SETS
TRIPLE STACKING LIP BOWLS

Lac Utensils from Kutch

October 12, 2010

Khrawon Wooden Slippers

November 25, 2009

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Hindu mendicants who rely on charity from other
people sometimes wear wooden slippers. It is a
substitute for leather shoes, because leather is
considered impure.

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Muria Wooden Combs

November 10, 2009

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This tribe has always considered creativity with one’s hands a prized virtue. Boys carve these combs for their girlfriends. The more combs a girl has the higher her status. When a girl marries she is supposed to return all the combs from her suitors, only keeping the ones gifted by her husband.