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Im­por­tant in­gre­di­ents in the cre­ation of tra­di­tional homes, so­cially sig­nif­i­cant hand­i­crafts are go­ing through re­vival both in terms of de­sign and util­ity to fit into in­dus­tri­ally- fixed new- age liv­ing spa­ces. Tak­ing this fu­sion flight fur­ther, Basava Am­bara in Ban­ga­lore hosts a cross- sec­tion of crafts per­sons and de­sign­ers. Sit­u­ated in one of the old­est neigh­bour­hoods, Basa­vanagudi, the 4,000 sq ft out­let dis­plays an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of tex­tiles and house­hold ar­ti­cles. Lac­quered wood and bidri work abounds here. Choose from bidri plat­ters, lac­quered bowls, can­dle stands, ta­ble legs, vases and even hookah bases. Venka­tram Reddy, the store’s part­ner says, “In­ter­ac­tion with crafts­men has played a great role in achiev­ing these re­sults in terms of un­der­stand­ing the ma­te­rial.” This has helped ex­per­i­ment­ing with and de­sign­ing new forms, fin­ishes and ef­fects.

Basava Am­bara in Ban­ga­lore abounds in lac­quered wood and bidri work items

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