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Kite making and the smell of roasting sesame seeds announces the arrival of the very first festival of the year. The welcoming of ‘Surya’ is celebrated throughout India in various forms such as Lohri, Magh Bihu, Pongal and is popularly known in Maharashtra as Makar Sankranti. While lovely tilgul delicacies are in the making, it’s time to add some hand-made goodies in your shopping list.
Platters + Bowls for varied use:
God God Bola!'
A sweet expression used while exchanging Tilgul sweets by people across Maharashtra.
Our 'god god' wooden platters and bowls would be perfect in the hands of our 'god god' children running from door to door reciting happy rhymes and collecting sweets. That lovely haldi-kumkum function amongst neighbourhood women would truly be missing a shiny detail without our gold-plated leaf platters that serve as wonderful gifts packed with tilgul delicacies, kumkum and sweet tidings.
Black Dupattas for the keep:
Sankrant celebrates the commencement of long days of the year. As a symbol of greeting the upcoming warm days, sweets made of ‘til ‘are distributed and black attires are worn to keep the body warm.
There’s nothing about the richness and versatility of handloom stoles and dupattas that hasn’t already been said. The Handicraft Studio has a varied collection of black dupattas in Himroo, Jamdani, Aari work, Ikkat and the likes. A haldi kumkum function, a wedding ceremony or just a normal day at work, our ethnic handwoven dupattas make them suitable for any occasion. The colour black has auspicious significance for Sankrant. A newlywed bride would be a glad recipient of a beautiful and multi-purpose black handloom dupatta is season.
Traditional boxes of good fortune blessings:
The festival of Sankrant is important for the new bride dressed in all black and adorned in jewellery made from tilgul. She gives away oil, cotton and sesame seeds for the long life and prosperity of her family. This celebration of new beginnings is dearly celebrated with blessings from family, friends and neighbours. Our unique wooden boxes with traditional butta pattern forms ideal packaging for tilgul sweets to convey blessings and good fortune.
Such is the vigour of Indian festivals filled with light, colour and a lot of love. We love to express our love through gifts and The Handicraft Studio has something for every occasion.