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Nayantara Quader of Trove

Nayantara Quader of Trove  

Nayantara Quader turns accessories into aesthetic utility objects

Nayantara Quader’s painting on a traditional steel coffee filtre

Nayantara Quader’s painting on a traditional steel coffee filtre   | Photo Credit: Picasa

Combining durability and aesthetics, Trove Craft is something you should be adding to your favourites tab on your browser especially if you like being surrounded by colourful objects or want to gift useful yet pretty accessories to friends and family. Started by Nayantara Quader, Trove which operates mainly from its Facebook page is an ideal destination for quirky and usable accessories.

The USP of Trove is that it beautifies objects of daily use and makes them into works of art. Right from converting boring tiffin boxes into multi-hued artefacts with rangoli patterns or transforming coffee filters into coloured canisters with intricate designs, Nayantara adds an eclectic touch to the most mundane everyday objects.

Recounting on her foray into an entrepreneurship after quitting a job with an International real estate firm, she says, “It was started as a hobby to engage my mother but later on became something else. Gifting has always been fun for me and giving the people I care about gifts that are elegant and personal is important to me, and I feel good when people tell me that the things I give them are unique and not something that one would find in malls and regular shops. I decided to channel this into an enterprise that is both creative and socially responsible, a brand that creates unique and usable gifts, and that does so by giving traditional artisans access to a broader market.”

Trove specialises in hand-painted enamelware, which is popular in north India, especially in Kashmir but is relatively unknown in south India. She recalls the initial days of trials and misses when she shares, “The export houses I contacted were not interested as they supplied only abroad. So I researched, got a Kashmiri artist to Hyderabad and today we work with artisans from different places like Orissa and Rajasthan.”

The oeuvre of products available here is wide – from traditional stainless steel carriers like tiffin boxes, canisters, butter dishes, cutlery, bottles, tumblers and jugs to wooden plates, wall art and the works. The running theme amongst all these products are the designs embedded on them, traditional like rangoli patterns, images of flora and fauna apart from very conventional ones like Kamadhenu and mehendi designs. Customisation is also provided here (they recently did up a trousseau consisting of trunks and jewellery boxes) but the caveat is that advance notice should be given.

Nayantara says that the inspiration to create and incorporate traditional design comes from various places. She explains, “I enjoy doing what I do as I love the design element and don’t want to turn what I do into a sweat shop, even my artisans get paid per piece. I take inspiration from traditional designs and colours — art, textiles, architecture, carpentry and anything else then involves design — and not just from India but from all over the world. Initially I used to leave designs to my artists but now we collaborate. For example if I like a particular pattern in block prints from Jaipur, we tweak it to use it on enamel wear.”

Currently working on opening a small studio by the end of this year, Nayantara says she is looking forward to working on different canvases like wood and incorporating more designs into her work. For those who want to jazz up their kitchens or everyday kitchenware this is a collection worth checking out.

Price: ₹700 onwards


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