Thursday, May 18, 2017

Antique Hunt, Kumarakom, Kerala

On my recent trip to Kerala I captured few photos from a shop in Kumarakom which is near my house.  This store is named " Antique Shop " where you would love to go through a huge collection of vintage Indian artifacts. 

  I suggest you take a look at this shop on your next trip to Kumarakom. You will end up seeing many interesting artifacts, furniture, sculptures, pillars and many more. If you are a vintage lover then this is the place.

If you are looking for treasures for a bargain then you can move away. :-) 


Entrance Garden

The store has been built using goods (most of the wood work) collected from old houses and mansions. Interesting, Isn't it  ?? 

In addition of restoring old antique furniture, they also do traditional typical Kerala house roofing and wooden walls as per Architectural calculations.
(See 3 ,4 and 5 Pictures). 

Most of the furniture and artifacts are in old state and need some serious restoration. 


Pillars Beauty

I have been eyeing this crockery unit piece and  trying to convince myself that my house wouldn't be able to fit this in to. Maybe need a bigger house :-)

Restoration is done in the store workshop itself. As I said most of the furniture's came out after restoration. The excellent craftsmanship is enough reason for you not to bargain a price for such awesome restored products. 

Olden Style Portuguese light
Victorian Lamp

Arabian, Mugal lights

  Vintage lamps and the lights reminded me olden styles.

Hope all of you liked the wonderful store. Loads of crafts from India, mostly from South are selling here. Grab your favorite piece next time ! 

Antique Shop
Arupara,(Kumarakom road),
Kottayam, Kerala.

 You can follow the shop on FB :- 
9895897695 , 9895397695 ( Ummer and Navas ).

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Friday, April 14, 2017


Let me introduce you to an accessory brand that creates drawstring traditional bags which most of you would be able to relate to and appreciate as we have seen these being used by our moms, aunts, grandmoms.

The brand "Maisha" is a creation by the designer Shilpa Jayanthwho graduated from Stella Maris college. She worked with an NGO as a designer for drawstring bags and clothes sourced from under privileged section of the society and was eager to leverage this experience and start her own line.

Maisha specializes in premium fabric drawstring bags, made exclusively for Weddings, Diwali and other special occasions.

The small and colorful potlis (Draw String Bags) that your Grandmum carried around just became "haute couture", don't we agree?

Shilpa started Maisha in 2012 and her work provides touch of rich color, tradition. Fabric styles are predominantly  in silks, cottons, brocades and the color ranges from bright to subtle, all in one place.

Maisha's first bulk order was to a leading retail chain based in Chennai. Off late there have been a string of overseas enquiries and orders who seem to love these vibrant goodies and think of them as useful yet traditional and fashionable Indian giveaways.

Maisha has stuck to the belief that style and tradition can indeed be weaved into one piece. 

To grab your traditional style bags, you can get in touch :  

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Kerala Calling : Padmanabhapuram Palace

Gods Own Country is a major tourist place in the world history.

Years back I have been to Padmanabhapuram palace because of my interest for experiencing ancient construction. But it was little difficult to understand the  plans , elevations and sections of the building :-). 

Padmanabhapuram temple is located in the region of ancient Travancore(Trivandrum), extended from Marthandom ( Tamil Nadu State). Thid is a piece of one of the ancient wonders  built  with wood (timber in abundance) and stones.

The roof structure is constructed in timber, covered with clay tiles. 

Stone arts

Navarathri Mandapam

King lamp: The sculpture of the horse, hung on a chain, stand still in every direction you want to turn it – unlike common oil lamps, that twist and turn 
on their chains. 

                             An old chair placed in the sit out

Paintings in the  palace would  make us  admire the talent behind the creations.


Ottupura where food is offered to guests – when the rulers felt happy enough. This dining hall which could accommodate 2000+ people at a given time.

The wood carvings on the roof and beams emphasize the craftsmanship.

long corridors
 jaali works

The king held discussions with his ministers and took important decisions at this place,called Mantrashala.

 A kilivathil is a tiny window, the shutters of which are  beautifully decorated.

Sloped tiled roofs,  jaali works, long mysterious corridors, courtyards, amazing woodwork, play of light and shadow,  comfortable interior spaces, arts, painting  etc, are timeless architectural marvels portraying our rich tradition.

A trip to this palace is truly going to be a rewarding experience. After my trip I  carried home a bunch of memories to be cherished!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bronze House : Kumbakonam

I love brass bronze antique artifacts.

I got an opportunity to drop in to a bronze factory during my way back from Swamimalai,Tamilnadu and would like to share my experience.

It is a very old shop which follows traditional way of making bronze articles through WAX hereditary process. Surprisingly they are completely hand made. They are manufactures of all types of bronze icons according to Silpa Shastra for temples.

Filled with traditional unique bronze ,copper and panchaloha statues 

Craftsman  explained the entire process of making wax and the final touch to statues.

All the pieces are made separately

A 12 feet tall Lord Vishnu is getting ready for export.


Real effort to put forward the best of Indian Arts and culture in this fascinating world and an attempt to bring above the handicrafts of Tamilnadu.

If you are a passionate collector or have great interest to know about the manufacturing of bronze sculptures,you can meet Mr.Suresh,the owner of Rajan Industries, he is reachable at # 9443664810.

Do visit this place and pick up some handcrafted additions for your home. The shop is  approx 1 km from INDeco Sterling resort, Swamimalai.

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