“Of all the objects we have seen and admired during our visit to India, the Lota, that simple vessel of everyday use, stands out as perhaps the greatest, the most beautiful,” famous American designer Charles Eames had said of Lota, the spherical water vessel, in his ‘India Report’ over five decades ago on his visit to India. This very ‘Lota’ became the inspiration for a treasure trove called ‘The Lota Shop’ at the Crafts Museum in Pragati Maidan here.

Rated among one of the best museum shops in the world by blouin artinfo, an online global destination on art, in October, 2013, ‘The Lota Shop’ is nestled in the richly composite Indian aesthetics of the Crafts Museum which comes under the Ministry of Textiles.

The shop is a joint venture between the Crafts Museum and the Handicrafts and Handlooms Exports Corporation (HHEC) of India Limited, which also runs two other souvenir shops at the National History Museum and Dilli Haat.

Many of the murals like Madhubani or Patachitra painting adorning the walls of the museum also line the shelves in the shop.

Crafts Museum chairman Dr Ruchira Ghose is one of the brains behind the Lota shop and its new merchandise and has invested his time and energy over the past four years to renovate the museum. “We want to employ somebody full time to bring pieces into the shop based on the museum collection. We have so many paintings and murals. We want to use them. We are not like the souvenir shop at Dilli Haat. Lota is the shop of the Crafts Museum,” said Dr Ghose.

  • ‘The Lota Shop’ at the Crafts Museum has been rated among one of the best museum shops in the world

  • The collection for sale in the Lota Shop complements the attractions at the museum thus giving it a very specific identity