It's creativity at its best at Bimba The Art Hut in the city, where the accent is on eco-friendly artefacts.
BIMBA MAY be a small shop but every object displayed there reflects, as the name suggests, the creativity of Depikka. A Bharatanatyam danseuse trained under Leela Samson in Delhi, she studied textile designing at the Delhi University. When Depikka and her husband Deepak moved to Chennai and set about decorating their home designing most of the artefacts themselves, they thought, why not set up a commercial venture. The result was Bimba, which celebrated its first anniversary recently.
The objects on display reflect the couple's concern for preserving the traditional crafts of India. They are eco-friendly too. One finds cotton, hand made paper, stone, ceramics, terracotta, jute, cane and metal used innovatively to create artefacts, designer furniture, furnishing and clothes. The range of ready-mades includes shirts, kurtas, skirts and blouses, salwar kameez ensembles and saris.
An award-winning weaver from Orissa makes vegetable dyed Aruna saris and dupattas; the colours are restricted to beige, maroon and black, and the weave is unusual. Similarly, she has engaged exclusive weavers who translate her ideas on Kanchipuram silks and Bengal cottons.
Hand-painted and embroidered panels adorn blouses. As tailoring is done on the premises, not much material is wasted; the leftovers are used to decorate cushion covers or make a purse. The zari border of a cotton sari lends a rich look to a black cushion cover.
Depikka has designed a range of beautiful artefacts in wood and wrought iron. Teak, padak and bamboo have been used to design comfortable furniture. Also available are ethnic beads strung together as necklaces, bracelets and even toe-rings, and striking silver jewellery.
The couple are also willing to design interiors of homes. Depikka's talent is evident not just in the array of artefacts but also in the interiors of the outlet... the thatched hut, mud-textured walls, mirrors and curtains made of thatti covered with a length of cotton materials.
Bimba The Art Hut is located at No. 2, Temple Avenue, Sri Nagar Colony, Chennai 15.
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