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