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Pondicherry Market: Home Decor
La Boutique D’ Auroville
What appears to be a small shop will surprise you as you make your way inside. There is a good selection of casual wear garments, skirts, tunics ,palazzo pants and tops. They are of good quality and trendily designed. Prices are not cheap though. As you go further inside, there is a good stock of incense and candles . Further down, you can find a great selection of tablemats, trays , lamp shades made of paper , gift boxes and leather bags. They also stock a few jewelry pieces . All these products are made in Auroville and the shop is definitely worth a visit. Their main showroom is in Auroville.
Kasha Ki Aasha
Kasha Ki Aasha ( meaning Kasha’s dream in Hindi) was conceptualized and started by Kasha Vande . Kasha ,who is an American, was visiting Pondicherry in 2004 when she laid her eyes on a beautiful restored property and her dream of settling down in Pondicherry and starting a small scale business began to take shape. Typical of homes in the South of India, it has a small courtyard in the center, with a lot of green plants and palms and creepers and humming birds to complete the picture . The ground floor has an eclectic range of handmade products like cotton tunics and casual wear clothes, ideal for the summer months. These garments are sourced from several NGOs that employ women and some of them are created in house by the women employees themselves . Then there is a range of personal products like soaps and shampoos made from locally grown produce . Footwear and leather bags are casually displayed in another section of the ground floor. There are 4 to 5 separate enclosures with clothes, shawls,jewellery, bags, ,home accessories and books. The prices are very affordable . Kasha also promotes Indian photography through posters, magazines and exhibitions around the world. And then there is the restaurant on the green terrace. Laid back cushions and ample space makes it an ideal place to sip a cappuccino, enjoy freshly baked cakes and engage in interesting converstaions .
0413 222 2963
Home Trotter, Pondicherry
“Soft lighting with a display of contemporary furniture greets you as you enter this Pondicherry shop. This is a store for modern wooden furniture and home accessories.On display are adjustable tables, multipurpose tables, cupboards and baby stations, side tables, innovative shoe racks, lamps and lamp shades, lounge chairs, beds and home furnishings. All made with straight lines and modern contemporary looks. They do stock accessories like curios, knickknacks and gifts as well.These look trendy and modern.” Do visit this shop when you are shopping in Pondicherry Check out Shopkhoj for reviews about markets in Pondicherry
The Metal Craft
The Metal Craft is a small boutique for bronze statues in the French quarters in Pondicherry . On display are statues of Indian gods and goddesses in bronze, stone and wood which have been made using the ‘lost wax process / technique’. Bronze is principally an alloy of copper and tin, although it could contain a variety of alloys of copper as well. Bronze has a dull finish. Bronze statues are famous in Tamil Nadu . Swamimalai, a little town just 8 kms from Thanjavur, (Tanjore) ,has a heritage of bronze making dating back to the Chola period. Bronze statues are made by the lost wax method. When the mould is empty, the hot liquid metal is poured into it through a funnel, so that the bronze fills up the figure inside the mould. The bronze then has to cool down and any imperfections are removed from the surface of the objects.The statues are predominantly of Indian deities like Shiva and Vishnu and goddesses like Lakshmi and Saraswati. The Metal Craft shop also undertakes export orders and custom orders . One can visit their factory , where all these pieces are manufactured ,in Auroville . It was set up in 2003. Check out Shopkhoj for reviews about markets in Pondicherry
“As you enter Geethanjali, there is an open courtyard with lovely water liles and small stone fountains. It is a beautiful setting for three large rooms stuffed with antique furniture pieces . Geethanjali was started three generations ago with a view to conserve the rich Indian heritage .They specialize in collecting and restoring colonial furniture from all over south India. Their show room at Pondicherry show cases such traditional antique pieces. Rose wood antique doors, spice cupboards, four poster cots, carved doors and teak wood book shelves are some of the items on display. In addition ,they have some pillars from old homes and wooden sculptures too. They undertake to export their pieces as well.”
” Janaki is a project to promote conscious and sustainable living. This is a very spacious store on two floors. Garments, pottery, aromatherapy products, hair and skin care products and pottery are available in the store On display are garments designed and manufactured in Auroville by several designers.So there are jackets, tops, palazzo pants and skirts . Designer Upasana and her collection is prominently showcased. Made of premium cotton with attractive prints , the collection is definitely worth a look . Ayurvedic home care products are also promoted in this outlet. Face creams, bath and body products , skin care essentials , aromatherapy products and speaciality teas are all available. On the first floor is a section, for furniture items like dining tables and consoles. Trees that were uprooted during the severe cyclone that hit Pondicherry some years ago , have been used in making some of these furniture pieces . The wood is Acacie – (Acacie auriculiformis) Each piece of wood is carefully sanded and wax polished to heighten the golden colour of the wood. They also stock bowls and jars made from Rohida wood . Rohida is a rare, dense grained wood.The Rohida tree is self propagating. Bowls and vessels made from this wood are supposed to be hygienic and were apparently used by Jain monks. Tibetan style lacquered offering bowls are very attractive. In addition , there is a huge section of pottery from Auroville on display. The Tea pots and cups, coasters and plates that are for sale have beautiful earth tones that are aesthetically appealing . when you visit Janaki, you will understand why Pondicherry shopping is a pleasurable experience.
+91413 222 7667
Within walking distance from the Geethanjali store is Curio Center, which stocks antique wooden furniture and curio pieces .What appears as a small shop form the outside is a great place to browse through colonial antique furniture which are mostly in teak. There are 3 rooms filled with poster beds, consoles, tables and chairs. Beautiful period pieces, lovingly and grandly restored ,are all displayed. They export as well. Curio Centre is one of the best shops in Pondicherry.
Auroshri is just a few shops away from the boutique Aurovile . Several shops in Pondicherry have the name linked to Auroville. But that does not necessarily mean they sell products made in Auroville. Auroshri sources products from all over India and is an ideal shopping place for tourists. There stock scarves in silk with batik prints and also woolen shawls . They also stock a mix of some brass items , wall hangings ,incense ,candles and a few pieces of jewelry. Auroshri is a small store with items from all over India.” Check out Shopkhoj for reviews about markets in Pondicherry
Boutique St’Laurent ,Pondicherry
Boutique St’Laurent Pondicherry shop in St Laurent street is on the 1st floor. It is a residence converted to a store . As you enter, there is a section for kids garments and casual wear garments for women. Skirts, dresses and light cotton tops ,all ideal summer wear clothes are all well stocked. They also stock tops and tunics made from knitted fabric. There are food products in one room and leather bags , candles, and incense in another room. All the products are made in Auroville,Pondicherry . If you are on a quick tour to Pondicherry and would like to visit an Auroville store in the French quarters, then this an ideal shop to visit. Boutique St’Laurent has guest rooms on the 1st floor starting from Rs 1500 upto Rs 3000 per room per night. Check out Shopkhoj for reviews about markets in Pondicherry
Elegance Pondicherry gift shop has quite a selection of artefacts and gifts from all over India . Wood, brass and bronze artefacts, like idols, deities and figurines made in the South of india and Tibetan artefacts like prayer bowls and chimes are all available . There is one large room dedicated to jewellery from Rajasthan and Tibet . Typically these are jewellery made from silver, semiprecious stones and beads . There is a great deal of colour and variety in the jewellery. Another room is stocked with carpets , readymade shawls and salwar suits . As it is a fairly large shop, take your time browsing before you make your choices . There are also other stores selling similar stuff close by, so you can walk across and check the prices of similar items, just to be doubly sure before you decide to buy something here.”
Auro Wood Works
Auro Wood Works is a small shop on the main MG road. It is not in any well known Pondicherry shopping market area and is hence difficult to locate. They create beautifully polished artefacts from wood. Oak wood, portia wood ,jack wood and teak wood are the ones that are frequently used. Some of the pieces on display are pen stands, bowls, images of elephants and of Hindu gods like Ganesha and images of faces resembling the paintings of Picasso .There is a lot of variety and artistry in the pieces. The prices are very reasonable Mr. J Subramani is the proprietor and he had started to work in his father’s workshop when he was barely 10 years old. The shop has been in existence for the last two decades. Their wokrshop is next door to the shop. Auro Wood Works can customize orders and ship it to any place of your choice. The time for creating a custom made piece could take anything from 3 days to 1 month ,depending on the complexity of a job.
Amarane Art Gallery
“Amarane Art Gallery has a lot of small canvas paintings . These are oil paintings made by the owner of the gallery, who is an artist himself. Landscapes, village life and portraits are all very colourful and authentically presented in oils. They also stock Tanjore paintings The paintings of Tanjore(Thanjavur)in Tamil Nadu are world famous .A Tanjore painting is generally made on a canvas pasted over a plank of wood (Jackfruit or teak) with Arabic gum. The canvas is then evenly coated with a paste of French chalk (gopi) or powdered limestone .The artist then draws or traces a pattern using a stencil. Gold leaves and gems of varied hues are inlaid in selected areas like pillars, arches, thrones, dresses, of the pattern or sketch. Finally, colours are applied on the remaining areas to complete the painting. This Pondicherry gallery stocks artefacts as well . A majority of the items on display are brass from South India .Brass is an alloy made of copper and zinc. They also have face masks and prayer bowls from Tibet. Amarane Art Gallery also run a Art School”
Studio Ebony ,Pondicherry
“Contemporary furniture in cane and wood and home accessories like lamps and lampshades are all beautifully displayed in this spacious store called Studio Ebony. The furniture section includes lounge chairs, sofa sets, rocking chairs, dining tables, side boards, center tables and king size beds. Each piece is beautifully designed with great attention to detail and is ideal for modern living. There is also a very attractive selection of floor lamps and wall and ceiling lamps .Teak wood lamps with fabric and paper shades look stylish, trendy and aesthetically appealing . Studio Ebony have a store in Chennai and Bengaluru .” This is one of the best furniture shops in Pondicherry
“Casablanca is a department store with 3 floors (owned by the couple who created Le Dupleix and The Promenade). Pondicherry shopping has to necessarily include a trip to this store. The ground floor has a selection of cosmetics and perfumes from international brands on display . The first floor has a wide selection of casual wear garments for women as well as jewellery . Tops, skirts, tees ,tunics palazzos and trousers are on display here . Jewellery includes trendy costume jewellery like bracelets, necklaces, earrings and chains. There is also a whole section for pottery from Auroville . Mugs, tea pots, cups, vases and such other items are all available . Candles, incense, candle stands , are all stocked in another section of the store . However, the best pick in the shop is in the home section on the top floor . The entire floor is dedicated to home furnishings like table cloths, bed spreads, bedcovers , cushion covers, curtains and table mats , all of which are made at Auroville . Casablanca is also a great place to pick out stylish new leather products such as handbags, belts, briefcases, wallets and suitcases. They have a good selection of ready to wear men’s clothes and chocolates as well. There is a small café and a pizzeria right in the middle of the store”.