D HUT

India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI -

Tingling chimes, wooden an­i­mals, smil­ing gods and or­na­men­tal masks star­ing down at you— D’Hut is truly an as­sort­ment of all that is quirky. It be­gan as a per­sonal col­lec­tion of arte­facts that Neethi­ra­jan brought home to wife Reshuma from the dif­fer­ent coun­tries he vis­ited while a part of the Mer­chant Navy. About a year later there was so much stuff that they de­cided it would be a good idea to start a store to share the spoils. Al­most four years old now, D’Hut stocks masks, drums, Bud­dha busts, dolls and toys from dif­fer­ent parts of the world. Their mer­chan­dise is pri­mar­ily from Africa, In­done­sia, Thai­land, Viet­nam and Sri Lanka. The masks alone fill up more than half of the shop, most of them sourced from In­done­sia, Africa, Thai­land, Sri Lanka and China. There’re plenty of small knick knacks to choose from too— like the Turk­ish evil eye amulets and lit­tle toy birds from In­done­sia. The best picks in­clude hand­made Egyp­tian pa­pyrus paint­ings and in­tri­cately painted rain­mak­ers from Africa.

WHERE 137, East Coast Road, Srini­vas­a­pu­ram Thiru­van­miyur

COSTRs 30 for a wooden pen­cil with a flower head to Rs. 25,000 for a teak­wood bookshelf

TEL 9443336930

MONA RA­MA­VAT

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