At the beginning of the twentieth century it would have been quite normal to see people sharing the road in India’s cities with bicycles, ancient tractors serving as taxis, and goat carts. Goats have been used as harness animals since antiquity. A goat cart was used for pleasure, but more importantly, under the direction of […]
Anyone who’s ever been on a train in India will agree that it’s an experience. The journeys are hours and hours long, and from gorgeous countrysides to dirty garbage dumps, you get to see it all out of the window. Not to mention, the variety of interesting and wonderful people to watch. Indian railways weave […]
India’s love affair with motorbikes started at the beginning of the 20th century when British officers started selling their old Nortons, BSAs and Triumphs to move up to advanced models back home. Today, in a culture where nothing goes to waste, India’s uber-creative makers and designers have upcycled old motorcycle fuel tanks into quirky ducks. […]
India’s streets and railway stations are full of chai wallahs, usually old men with big pots of sweet milky tea flavoured with ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper, and many other spices depending on the region. Drinking chai is an integral part of the rhythm of life in India, and these vintage iron chai ladles […]
We love Indian lorries. They compete with each other to be the loudest and brashest on the road, with the most gravity defying loads. Driving a truck is the second largest source of employment in India, the drivers drive long distances and can be paid a bonus for bringing the goods in on time, which […]
In a traditional Indian home where everyone sits on a stone floor cross-legged, the women of the house rolls out some chapati dough on one of these boards, before cooking the chapatis over the fire. Carved from one piece of wood, they make great cheese boards, as well as interesting decorative items for a table […]
Originally used by Indian women to get the mud off their feet when bathing in the river, these iron foot scrubbers have serrated bases and make a tinkling noise when you shake them, to warn passers-by that there are women washing in the vicinity and to please move along! They make great paperweights. £4 each […]
Many years ago a leading retailer ran a Chuck out your Chintz advertising campaign. It was a pretty successful campaign, and some say it changed a nation’s taste. However after years of ‘same same’ furniture and cheap wobbly chipboard drawers, we think the time has come to say Chuck Out Your Chipboard!