10 Diwali gifting ideas that take pride in 'Made in India'

Gretchen Ferrao-Walker
·3-min read
Home decor gifting ideas, handcrafted by Indian artisans, retailed via the <a href="http://creativedignity.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Artisans Direct" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Artisans Direct</a> initiative
Home decor gifting ideas, handcrafted by Indian artisans, retailed via the Artisans Direct initiative

This festive season feels more auspicious than usual. It’s a time to show gratitude for everyday blessings amidst a challenging year. While you gather with friends and family, (within social distancing norms), also consider shining a light on some of the communities whose livelihoods have been adversely affected these past few months.

We’ve curated a list of 10 home decor gifting options, handcrafted by Indian artisans. All products are part of Artisan Direct – an initiative by Ficci FLO & Creative Dignity, which aims to offer Indian craft communities access to new markets and livelihood opportunities via partnerships with lifestyle brands and e-commerce platforms. All proceeds go to the artisans. The Creative Dignity movement has been working to energize the handicrafts ecosystem, which Indian artisans rely on, in this time of COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 impact.

01. This miniature painting on stamp paper by award-winning, Rajasthani artist Babu Lal Marotia. The artform dates back to 7th-century AD, Bengal.

Rs.1,200. Shop via Zwende

Miniature artist <a href="https://www.facebook.com/babulal.marotia" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Babu Lal Marotia" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Babu Lal Marotia</a> via Zwende
Miniature artist Babu Lal Marotia via Zwende

02. This recycled fibre table lamp by Sutrakaar Creations – an eco-textile, social enterprise that uses 80 percent upcycled waste yarn in its creations.

Rs.13,000. Shop via Freedom Tree

Eco-textile social enterprise <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sutrakaar/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sutrakaar Creations" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sutrakaar Creations</a> via Freedom Tree
Eco-textile social enterprise Sutrakaar Creations via Freedom Tree

03. This rose-quartz elephant sculpture by master carver Prithvi Raj Kumawat of Priya Handicrafts.

Rs.900. Shop via Jaypore

Master carver <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CarvingGems/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Prithvi Raj Kumawat" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Prithvi Raj Kumawat</a> (Priya Handicrafts) via Jaypore
Master carver Prithvi Raj Kumawat (Priya Handicrafts) via Jaypore

04. This pattu weave cushion cover by Bandhan artisans in Rajasthan.

Rs.560. Shop via Freedom Tree

<a href="https://fave.co/2SFG47a" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bandhan artisans" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Bandhan artisans</a> via Freedom Tree
Bandhan artisans via Freedom Tree

05. This kavad shrine by Dwarka Prasad Jangid. The kavad is a portable shrine, made of sheesham or mango wood, was traditionally used as a medium to narrate religious and folk tales.

Rs.3,940. Shop via Zwende

Kavad artist <a href="https://fave.co/3nrX1QQ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dwarka Prasad Jangid" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Dwarka Prasad Jangid</a> via Zwende
Kavad artist Dwarka Prasad Jangid via Zwende

06. This rosewood and brass jewellery box by Mohan Lal Sharma of Sharma Art and Handicrafts flaunts the tarkashi inlaying technique.

Rs.950. Shop via Jaypore

Tarkashi artisan <a href="https://fave.co/36KJ0bg" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mohan Lal Sharma" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mohan Lal Sharma</a> via Jaypore
Tarkashi artisan Mohan Lal Sharma via Jaypore

07. This photo-frame by Sutrakaar Creations is made from recycled corrugated sheets, covered with cotton fabric and bordered in handwoven paper fabric.

Rs.830. Shop via Zwende

Eco-textile social enterprise <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sutrakaar/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sutrakaar Creations" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sutrakaar Creations</a> via Zwende
Eco-textile social enterprise Sutrakaar Creations via Zwende

08. This black and orange, tanka cotton quilt by Sadhna – a fair trade, women’s handicraft enterprise that facilitates the sustainable livelihood of 700 women.

Rs.4,500 + taxes (double bed). Shop via gocoop

Women's handicraft enterprise <a href="https://www.sadhna.org/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sadhna" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sadhna</a> via gocoop
Women's handicraft enterprise Sadhna via gocoop

09. This deer tree, by dhokra crafter Baldev Bagmare, employs a 4,000-year-old wax casting technique on non-ferrous metal.

Rs.510. Shop via Zwende

Dokra artisan <a href="https://www.zwende.com/m/dokra-casting" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Baldev Bagmar" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Baldev Bagmar</a>e via Zwende
Dokra artisan Baldev Bagmare via Zwende

10. This neem wood stool set by woodcarver Vijay Jemal Marwada.

Rs.7,980 (set of two). Shop via iTokri

Woodcarver <a href="https://fave.co/3jK3p3F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vijay Jemal Marwada" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vijay Jemal Marwada</a> via iTokri
Woodcarver Vijay Jemal Marwada via iTokri

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