Eclec­tic Arte­facts

India Today - - COVER STORY -

If you’ve driven on the East Coast Road, then there's no way you could have over­looked D'Hut—a three-floor store that deals ex­clu­sively in arte­facts from Africa, Thai­land and Burma. There are masks from Ghana and Pa­pua New Guinea, carved Gane­shas from Thai­land, re­pur­posed ploughs from Burma and a lot more on of­fer. This eight-year-old store is a trea­sure trove where you are bound to dis­cover some­thing un­usual in ev­ery nook and corner. Neethi­ra­jan Subra­ma­nian, 40, first thought of this while he was sailing around the world as a marine en­gi­neer. He came up with D’Hut in col­lab­o­ra­tion with his wife K Reshuma once the col­lec­tion could not fit in their house any­more. They now make two trips a year to re­mote vil­lages in dif­fer­ent coun­tries ex­plor­ing, learn­ing and buy­ing di­rectly from crafts­men. “Ear­lier, peo­ple only wanted colour­ful and pretty things that we would bring from Thai­land. They are now more open to un­con­ven­tional crafts from other coun­tries too,” says Subra­ma­nian. The cou­ple plans to ex­pand the al­ready unique col­lec­tion by adding rare arte­facts. “We have a lot of wooden toys, fruit bas­kets and other such eco­nom­i­cal gifts,” says Reshuma. “We have also started sourc­ing pan­els with In­dian carv­ing from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu re­cently. They are ex­pen­sive, but quite pop­u­lar. I sense a re­vival of sorts in In­dian arts,” adds Subra­ma­nian.

At D’Hut, No. 137 (Old no. 44/1), East Coast Road, Srini­vas­a­pu­ram, Thiru­van­mayur

Tel 9443336930 Price Rs 150 on­wards

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