When it comes to giving a unique touch to the interiors of my home, I always fall back on traditional artefacts and home décor items. Be it brass figurines, Indian folk paintings, or terracotta pots, these items instantly lift the aura of the place by adding the old-world charm to any humble abode. While searching online to choose decorative items to adorn my home, I recently came upon TOKENZ, a curated website for Indian handicraft products.
With a belief in cherishing the Indian heritage, Tokenz is dedicated to providing you with art and artefacts created by artists across India. If you are wondering what décor items and Indian handicraft are available at this portal that deserves a visit, let me walk you through what the site has to offer and what I eventually bought from it.
Home Décor: Picture frames, Idols and figurines,
Wall décor: Wall hangings, Wall paintings, Wall accents
Devotion and Festive needs: Brass diyas, Puja essentials, God frames in 22-carat gold
Garden and outdoor: Terracotta pots
Jewellery and accessories: Zari purses/ clutches and Jewelry box, Embroidered potli bags, earrings, rings, bracelet, pendants in semiprecious stones.
Food and essentials: Khadi products, Sweets and dry fruits, Chocolates and cookies, Herbal teas.
Occasion and Festival specific Gift and décor items.
So, here’s what I bought:
- Mysore Wooden Inlay Painting: This oval-shaped piece of work is the latest addition to my home décor collection, adorning my room’s wall. The painting depicts a family of four white elephants engaged in some fun activity against the picturesque backdrop of hilly terrain. The scattered flora in shades of brown, red and white adds to the whole persona of the painting.
Inlay painting is the technique used by artisans in and around the area of Mysore. In this work, the wooden surfaces are decorated by embedding them with pieces of silver, gold, bone plastic, and different colour of the wood. Once the pieces are assembled into a design, the whole surface is polished to give a finished look. This art is a marvel of handcrafted artisans.
At Tokenz you can find a different rendition of region-specific inlay designs, depicting Indian deities, folk culture, tribal art, animals, landscapes and celebrations.
Additionally, you can find an array of paintings on the website, listed according to a theme, utility and style. This makes navigation easier and quicker. To name a few, you can pick abstract paintings, landscape painting, people and portrait paintings, and fine art too.
2. Buddha Idol: I love the serenity and the positive vibes which a Buddha idol lends to a place, and Tokenz has a beautiful collection of these idols to choose from.
This is what I bought.
Here Lord Buddha is sitting on Lotus platform in a meditation pose. The entire brass idol is adorned with intricate and neat work of glazed stone chip work in red and blue. The brass rings circling the red chips work adds to the aesthetics of the idol.
Reiterating my above statement- when it comes to giving an ethnic touch to your home, traditional art and artefacts becomes indispensable. At Tokenz besides idols and figurines, Zari picture frames, bandhanwar, terracotta pots, and various knick-knacks complement the Indian living room.
Another category at Tokenz which I am eager to check out once the festive season kicks off in the country is the “Occasions”. Be it Rakhi, Durga Puja, Diwali, Christmas or any other festive occasions, Tokenz has sweet hampers, décor items, gifting options, and other essentials associated with a particular festival.
In all, I found the website a great destination to procure traditional Indian handicraft items made by the finest artisans in the country. Every item is quite enchanting and makes a good gift option that will be cherished by the receiver.