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Stepping into Dhoop – a deceptively humble and artsy-looking home décor store in Bandra – is like entering an authentic Indian handicrafts mela where in a brilliant kaleidoscope of colours, you are presented with a plethora of artifacts which epitomize and glorify ancient and modern India.

What sets Dhoop apart from most home décor stores is simply the fact that each Dhoop artifact, whether a tweeting bird whistle, a lotus lamp, or a serving tray made from recycled pencils, is steeped in Indian history with interesting folklore to back it. And who doesn’t love a good story?

At the risk of being biased, this post highlights a few of my Dhoop favourites!!

Flying Gods and Goddesses at Dhoop, a home decor and handicrafts store in Khar, Mumbai

Hailing from the holy city of Varanasi and straight out of an Amar Chitra Katha comic book, come the flying gods and goddesses. I was utterly charmed by a little clay tweeting bird. Simply pour a little water into this artifact and blow into it. You will hear the most authentic tweeting sound – bound to evoke a happy grin from anyone.

The Shilp Collection at Dhoop, a home decor and handicrafts store in Khar, Mumbai

The store’s recently launched SHILP collection is an eclectic blend of handmade tiles and wood work in sheesham. Be it a bookend, coaster, door knobs, shelves or a towel holder – it’s a beautiful marriage of old world and new aesthetics.

Both charming and quirky is The Buzz Buzz Quartet – skillfully handcrafted mosquitoes from recycled tins, mesh nuts and bolts. And the Band of Musicians – mosquitoes playing musical instruments – is a sheer stroke of genius!

Pabi Bag at Dhoop, a home decor and handicrafts store in Khar, Mumbai

The Pabi Bag is a vibrant bag from Gujarat inspired from a tribal woman’s choli. Everything about it says rural India – vibrant, rustic, stylish and utterly stunning! Here’s a fashion statement that’s bound to fetch a compliment!

Cutting Chai Candles at Dhoop, a home decor and handicrafts store in Khar, Mumbai

With Diwali on the anvil, a visit to Dhoop might be especially productive. Some gifting ideas could include the Cutting Chai Glasses candles (remember my post on the store’s Mitti collection?), or a gorgeous Bloom Lotus Lamp from Karnataka, a unique prayer candle holder made from welding together 16 metal petals.

Choori Holder at Dhoop, a home decor and handicrafts store in Khar, Mumbai

Available in shades of blue and green, red, orange and yellow, and a more classic bronze and olive green, Dhoop’s newest Choori T-light Holder is going to add a whole new dimension to your festivities this year.

Where: Dhoop, Khar Sheetal Apts, Corner of Union Park and Ambedkar Road, Khar

Website: www.dhoop.co.in

Contact: +91-22-2649 8646/50, 98203 02195 or email dhoopcrafts@gmail.com

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