In this machine age, where man is a slave to technology, anything that comes with a handmade tag draws attention. In glass and chrome settings, imaginative and culturally attached metal items sit cheek by jowl to complement drab corners. Mumbai- based art and craft store Shaastra sells products that are created using age- old technology, and raw materials such as brass, marble and fibre. Located in the heart of Bandra, the shop is a storehouse of tasteful pieces from states like Orissa, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh. Gauri Rao, its founder, says, “Original Indian art has its own beauty and over a period of time, it gets more appreciated and becomes a priceless collection. Ethnic knickknacks when placed in contemporary settings have a charm of their own.” Priced between 250 and 50,000, some rarely seen handcrafted figures of Ganesha, Buddha, Nataraja and Radha Krishna, besides animals and birds in bright, gold- like brass find space in the store. Other goods include traditional dhokra and bastar craft which find expression in measuring bowls, musician figurines and farmer couples. Besides these, vintage clocks, antique locks, sacred bells and paintings are also on display.