#MumbaiList: Handicrafts Stores In Mumbai

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Hand Woven Bags, Boxes, Pouches at Maati, Powai
Handmade Block Printing
Handmade Block Printing

Handmade artefacts have a distinctive charm that even the most expensive branded products don’t. No matter how limited the branded edition, it is still lacks the rough edges and the raw beauty that makes handicrafts unique. In India, with our rich and varied cultural heritage, we are truly spoilt for choice. Whether it’s the intricate and vibrant embroidery from Kutch or the subtle designs from the North East, each region has something truly unique to offer. And the best part about living in Mumbai is that we need not travel to remote villages to lay our hands on these, we can find them all right here.

Jain Keri Cushion, Matsya, Mulund
Jain Keri Cushion, Matsya, Mulund

Matsya Crafts: I discovered Matsya online and fell in love with the products. Neha Gandhi, who started and manages the brand, has been working with villagers from Kutch for over 8 years now. What started out as volunteer work during the Bhuj earthquake, transformed into a passion to nurture and promote the arts and crafts of the land. Matsya aims to bridge the gap between rural artisans and urban customers and brings forth some of the most beautiful designs, patterns and products including home décor, home furnishings, accessories and gifts from Gujarat.  You can order their products online from the Matsya website or Matsya Facebook page.

Hand Woven Bags, Boxes, Pouches at Maati, Powai
Hand Woven Bags, Boxes, Pouches at Maati, Powai

Maati Crafts: Maati, which means the Earth, signifies everything organic and natural. Started by friends Jayshree and Anita, Maati works with artisans from across the country and aims at creating sustainable opportunities for them in urban markets. At Maati you can find everything from hand woven baskets and pouches of Chettinad to the delicate Tussar silk stoles and scarves from Bhagalpur, Applique work cushions from Rajasthan to the almost extinct Mushroo fabric from Kutch. The collection at Maati is astounding and I can only imagine the work that must go in to collate all of those artefacts under one roof. You can order their products from their store in Powai or through the Maati Facebok page.

 

Suriti, Culture Shop, Image: Tommy
Suriti, Culture Shop, Image: Tommy

Suriti, The Culture Shop: This is another one of my favourite arts store in Powai which houses arts from across India. From tiny handcrafted leather key chains of Gujarat, Warli painted coasters to beautifully carved furniture and carpets from Bareily, you can find them all here. Though Suriti lacks the personal touch of Matsya and Maati, it’s a great place to shop for gifts and home décor items. You can buy their products from their only store in Powai.

 

Paper Lamp Shades, The Bombay Paperie, Fort
Paper Lamp Shades, The Bombay Paperie, Fort

The Bombay Paperie: I had written earlier about what an amazing job this little paperie tucked away in Fort is doing for the handmade paper makers or kaghzis of Aurangabad, but I would like to mention them again. If you are looking for genuine handmade paper products, that are organic and come from the artisans themselves, The Bombay Paperie is the place to check out. It is amazing to see how paper can be crafted to everything from lamp shades and wall hangings to decorative flowers and even partitions. You can purchase their products from their store in Fort.

It’s a delight to own something hand crafted, because its unique and because you have helped someone somewhere earn a livelihood. So the next time you are looking to gift someone or redo your house, do check out these stores. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I’m sure there are numerous other handicraft stores in Mumbai and I would love to know more about them. So do drop a comment of you have names to share and I’ll be happy to include them in our list.

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Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.

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Garima Sharma
Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.
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