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Go candle-crazy

Candles and candelabrums have yet to find their place as showpieces in Kochi. But they have started spreading their glow in that sense, feels ELIZABETH NINAN, who made a round of the shops that sell these and met people who are interested in all things candle.

THE SOFT glow of candlelight generates a cosy ambience in any room. And fancy candelabrum adds style to the décor. Candles are no longer just a utility item. Placed on ornate stands and sticks, they enhance the beauty of the interiors. Gift shops like Archies stocks candles in different shapes and colours, like round candles and spring candles besides candles for various occasions like Christmas and Valentine's Day.

A variety of fancy stands are also available at all gift shops. Fancy candles are available from Rs 30 onwards, whereas decorative candle stands can be bought from Rs 50 onwards. Cinnamon, the lifestyle store at Fort Kochi also stocks a variety of candelabrum. A big antique candle holder that can hold up to ten huge candles is priced at Rs 1380, while soap opera, a soap dish cum candle holder is priced at Rs 770. Designer candles from Farawaytree, Dimple Kapadia's brand of candles, or designer candle stands from Michael Aram, a Delhi based designer can sure cost you more than a candle's worth. But don't you fret, by learning the art of candle making, you can also easily make fancy candles at home. Round candles, flower candles, Christmas candles, gel candles, perfumed candles all this and more can be made at home.

If Sweta who teaches candlemaking is to be believed, candle making can be learned in just two days. Sweta, who is settled in Bangalore, takes classes in candle making whenever she is in town. She has taken classes at YWCA, Kottayam and also at a few beauty parlours. Candelabrum makes a worthy gift too. While twin candles with romantic overtones are available for those in love, there are candles shaped like gurgling beer in a beer mug for the drinker. And candles and candle stands can find use in all types of ambience.While a traditional home can use a traditional candle stand made of wood, or coconut shells, a more modern one demands one with a sleek and modern look like those made of iron, whereas a house with an ornamental look can use an ornate brass stand with matching candles, and an antique atmosphere demands an antique piece of timeless grandeur. Though candelabrum is yet to become a common sight in city homes, there are those like Rosemary, a young housewife, who has a good collection of candelabrum.

She says, "The right kind of candelabrum is definitely a good choice in decorating your home. I have this brass candle stand with five holders placed on my dining table. It gives a real stylish look to the entire dining area. I have also got few brass pieces for my prayer corner including a stand coupled with an incense holder. There is an ornate brass holder with elaborate floral work for my bedroom too. And I have chosen a few antique single candleholders for the corner tables of my drawing room.''

Rosemary has got most of these pieces while on visits to Mumbai and Bangalore, whereas the antique pieces were from a curio shop at Fort Kochi. Finally, it can be safely said that, though not a trend yet, candles have slowly started occupying pride of place at many a drawing room.

And it does looks like they are here to spread their warm glow over the city's chic interiors.

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