Artisan Box – For the Month of August

Artisan Box is a subscription box from Luxurion World that features handcrafted goods straight from India.

Each box will include 3 to 5 high quality, exclusive products which highlight a different region of India every month. All items will be handcrafted from sustainable materials and can include home decor, clothing, accessories, original artwork, and more.

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Every Artisan Box purchased helps support local Indian craftsmen, artisans, and small businesses.

The cost:

  • monthly: $49 /mo + free shipping
  • 3 months pre-paid: $138 + free shipping
  • 6 months pre-paid: $252 + free shipping

Coupon code: AB05 – Save 5% off your first box or on anything in the shop.

August’s Artisan Box features 6 products from the state of Gujrat, worth $84 + $15 shipping (USD).

Whats inside the Box:

Handwoven Suf Stole
$25

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Suf is a detailed and painstaking embroidery based on the triangle, which is called a “suf.” Suf is counted on the warp and weft of the cloth in a surface satin. Stitches work form the back. Motifs are never drawn and each artisan imagines her design, and then counts it out in reverse.

Rudraksha
$10

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Rudraksha is a Sanskrit word, which means the one who is capable of looking at and doing everything. It is believed that Rudraksha has the ability to wipe our tears and provide happiness, and is believed to act as a shield against “negative energies”. It can wrapped around your wrist or neck. Rudraksha is a seed produced by Elaeocarpus tree and is used to make organic jewelry.

Kesar Goti Herbal Facial Soap
$1

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This soap contains organic Kesar (saffron), coconut oil, almond oil, and soap base. It’s found to be effective for removing dark spots and acne.

Handcrafted Lacquered Wood Honey Dipper
$10

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This honey dipper is crafted by carving the wood. Once the wood is carved into a product, the artisans apply lac the wood to create a kaleidoscopic colour patterns on it by heat through turning with a hand lathe unique to Vadhas community in Kachchh. The lacquer is coloured with vegetable dyes. There are only a few traditional artisan families continuing the craft.

Ancient Rogan Art
$30

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This unique piece of art is a 400 year old traditional art form with Persian influence, currently on the verge of extinction. It is practiced by The Khatri family from Kutch region of Gujarat. When castor oil is heated over fire for more than twelve hours and cast into cold water, it produces a thick residue called Rogan, which is mixed with natural colours. With a six-inch wooden sticker pen, the craftsperson then draws out from this a fine thread which is painted to the cloth. The intricate details of the design are impressive! This will have to be framed and put on display.

Multipurpose Bag
$8

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To manage plastic waste, Khamir – a Kutch (Gujarat) based NGO has launched an innovative initiative to make new goods from waste plastic. The innovative idea has given employment to a large number of rural people. The waste plastic is collected, cleaned, and segregated by colour and quality. Cleaned plastic is cut into long strips, which are than woven into durable textiles using ancient Pit Loom technology. This bag is very good quality and durable. The inside is lined with fabric and there’s a zipper.

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The ‘Rogan’ art painting is an ancient art form – over four hundred years old

Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi gifted the extremely rare Indian Art form – ‘Rogan’ art to the US president, Mr. Obama during his visit to the US.

The 400-year-old ‘Rogan’ art is the unique and rare art form practised only by the Khatri family from Kutch region of Gujarat. The word ‘Rogan’ refers to oil based in Persian. ’Rogan’ is the technique of painting on fabric, crafted from thick brightly coloured paint made with castor seed oil.

Castor is a local crop grown in Kutch region of Gujarat and artists most likely sourced it from farmers originally. The ‘Rogan’ paint is prepared by heating castor oil in a vessel, continuously stirring for more than 12 hours until it catches fire. The product so prepared is mixed with cold water when it gets thicken into a sticky elastic residue called ‘Rogan’. The preparer has to be extremely careful to prevent getting it burnt. ‘Rogan’ is then mixed with natural colours for painting. The colours are stored in earthen pots with water to retain their malleable form to enable painting.rogan-art

Artisans place a small amount of this paint paste into their palm. At room temperature, the paint is carefully twisted into motifs and images are drawn with the same using a metal rod that never comes in contact with the fabric. The image is drawn on the one side of the central line of the fabric, which then is folded to create a mirror image on the other side of the fabric. ‘Rogan’ painting is delicate and precisely painted from one’s own creative imagination and is done with total concentration sitting on the floor without using a table-frame or any outline. ‘Rogan’ painted cloth is used for making pillow covers, tablecloths, wall hangings, file folders, decorative pieces and saris.

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‘Rogan’ art is a rare craft that is not well known even in India. Because of its rare qualities, till recently it was practiced by only one family in India and they reside in Nirona village in Gujarat. Most of the other artisans had lost their art as it was not passed on during partition or lost from generation to generation.  However the artisans through various efforts from revival communities have off late successfully revived the craft. While designed used to be more rustic, over time the craft has become more stylized and now is an evolved Art form.

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Rogan Art, Kutch, Gujarat, exclusivity, Handcrafted
400 year old art form- Rogan Art