Hand-Carved Elephant Hooks with Banarasi Woodwork (Set of 2)
These delightful wall hooks are perfect for your towels, accessories, coats, or just about anything you need to hang up. They make great conversation pieces too! These pieces are carefully handcrafted by the artisans of Varanasi using a 2000 year old craft form. Support this glorious art form and contribute to the livelihoods of these talented artisans.
Why we like them
These delicately handcarved hooks make a gorgeous addition to your decor, fitting in nicely with both ethnic and modern interiors. We also love that they help revive a small part of Indian culture, and support our country's artisans.
Wooden elephantshaped hooks hand carved by Banarasi artisans.
Contents: Wooden Elephant Hook (Set of 2)
Dimensions: 11.5cm x 14cm x 14cm
The art of Banarasi wooden toys has been passed on from generation to generation by a community of skilled craftsmen. This craft of toymaking in Banaras is said to be older than the city itself.
For generations, the Banarasi artisans made toys like the spinning top (called Lattu in Hindi), rattles, dolls, and kabja boxes and sindoora for women to store their jewellery and kumkum. But in the modern age, the demand for such things began to die out, and with it this style of craftsmanship. Today, Lattu works with these artisans to understand their needs, their working style, their tools and techniques; and without changing much, helps them to make products that are more suited to the contemporary markets and lifestyles.
By choosing this product, you are making the important choice to preserve this beautiful 2000yearold art form, and provide a good income and an improved quality of life to these skilled artisans.