Varnam Craft Collective
MOUSE CHAI (TEA) BOX
THAPPA is the Hindi word for the wooden blocks that are used in hand-block printing. The unsung heroes that make our textiles sing and come alive. Our THAPPA Series brings the focus back on these wooden masterpieces, giving them their rightful place - at the centre of things.
As part of the me2we initiative by the Hundred Hands NGO, we worked with master artisan block-maker Mohammed Tahir and his group of artisans to create 'thappas' inspired by our Channapatna wooden toys. Here it is the MOUSE which is inspired by our Channapatna pull toys. These thappas have then been accentuated with each piece being hand-fitted into our glossy and colourful hand-turned Channapatna rims to create a series of coasters cum boxes or we call it, the CHAI BOX. The lid opens out to reveal 6 coasters and a box underneath that can hold your teabags.
This design also celebrates the beauty of wood in its myriad avatars - the hand block is made of Sheesham, the glossy colourful parts of Wrightia Tinctoria or 'hale mara' while the wooden coasters are made of acacia wood.
Please note that the price indicated is for one unit only.
Please note that since each block is hand-carved, you will find surface imperfections and aberrations. That is the beauty of the hand-carving process and is not a defect.