Earthen lamps are an integral part of the holiday season, and small businesses and organizations in Bangalore sell them in different hues and styles.
Upasana Narang and her daughter Shraddha Narang sell handmade terracotta diyas painted in solid colors and gold accents. They run a ‘House of Cleoh’ home decor brand from their home in Malleswaram, which was established during the lockdown. “We source our lamps from local vendors and color them,” Upasana explains.
Price: Starts at Rs 150
Contact: 98455 00622
Housewife Fiona Miranda decorated her diya collection with Lippan, a clay wall art from Kutch, Gujarat. “They are seated on a beautiful coaster, also painted with the same work of art,” says the resident of Kothanur. And she saw “good sales”. The majority of his orders came from Bengaluru and Mumbai.
Much like Upasana, she launched her Heavenly Handmade home decor line last year and has started receiving orders through social media. She gets her lamps from local artisans.
Price: Starts at Rs 250 a pair.
Contact: @HeavenlyHandmade on Facebook
Neha Nagpal, founder of Kolour Theory, has created a new set of smokeless candles. These come in gold-colored hammered metal boxes with soy wax inside and can be used to store knickknacks or as centerpieces after the candle has run out.
“The boxes are from Muradabad. The candles are environmentally friendly and have a scent of jasmine,” she says. A set with a two-wick candle and a three-wick candle costs Rs 1,200.
Price: Rs 1200
Contact: 95359 27231
Sarus Nirhali, who runs Glasshopper Studio in Indiranagar, sells stained glass diyas. “I source them, cut them, shape them and incubate them to create the patterns,” she explains. Lotus diyas and traditional Deepavali lamp sun catchers are the most popular items in her inventory. Once the holiday season is over, these can be used as home decor, with or without tea lights, she says.
Price: Starts at Rs 1,300
For a cause
Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, HSR Layout, sells diyas painted by mentally handicapped children.
Geetha K, principal of the Samarthanam Primary and ID School run by the trust, said, “They painted these diyas with posters and acrylics, with the help of professional trainers. The proceeds are used for the initiatives of the trust.
Price: Rs 30 to 50
Contact: 94808 12132