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Drift­ing away from just be­ing dec­o­ra­tive to ev­ery­day es­sen­tials, in­tri­cately carved and painstak­ingly pre­served hand­i­crafts speak sev­eral un­told tales of who we are and where we come from. Sasha, a dé­cor store in Kolkata, speaks a sim­i­lar lan­guage. Spread over 1,760 sq ft, this fair trade shop houses a range of nat­u­ral prod­ucts, fur­ni­ture, tex­tiles and ac­ces­sories from Bi­har, Gu­jarat, West Ben­gal, Mad­hya Pradesh, Ut­tarak­hand and Kar­nataka. Some of the favourites in­clude kantha stitch cush­ions, bed­spreads and ta­ble linen, in­ter­est­ing dhokra prod­ucts, wall hang­ings made of cloth with ka­put fill­ing, and leather items like piggy banks for chil­dren. Ac­cord­ing to Saar­rah Im­tiaz, the na­tional mar­ket­ing man­ager here, “There is an in­creas­ing de­mand for tra­di­tional hand­i­crafts as ar­ti­sans are giv­ing mod­ern touches to their prod­ucts keep­ing in mind the tastes of the present gen­er­a­tion.” Rightly said as this not only adds value to them but also makes

them at­trac­tive to buy­ers.

Sasha in Kolkata stores a wide range of fur­ni­ture, tex­tiles and knick­knacks

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