Tuesday, June 08, 2010

sweet imprints...

I recently became the owner of these beautifully crafted Sandesh moulds, that my mother found while clearing her old trunks.
Having spent most part of my childhood summer vacations in Calcutta, West Bengal where my grandparents lived for decades, my love for Bengali sweets and especially Sandesh is interwoven with my memories of days spent lazying around in the wrought-iron balcony with smooth red-oxide flooring... ( more on that later;-)
So when my mother brought these precious little pieces of terracotta moulds I was thrilled.

I just had to share these photographs with all of you.
Hope you like them.

( images by Arch)

25 comments:

Dithi said...

Those are indeed worth being very happy about. Arch you must, then, revisit Kol when I'm there, we'll dip into sweet treasure chests together!

Bedazzled said...

they look so pretty !!! hope to see pics of the sandesh you make with those molds soon ..

Sharmila said...

Lucky you! Teracotta? I thought they were the usual pathorer. :-)

Susan Erickson said...

so sweet...as a potter, I would love to mold some clay in them....

Patricia Torres said...

Oh what joy!! So when can we have a party??

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Very pretty..a great find!

pRiyA said...

very pretty :)

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

These are so pretty :)

Sudha said...

Sweet!

Sunita said...

Those moulds look fascinating. Isn't it interesting how such everyday household items are so pleasing to the eye?
And it's so much fun when there's a house-clearing which throws up all kinds of interesting stuff.
I love the way you've used shadows as design elements in your photos.

Shalini said...

They're so pretty...and it's so nice that they hold precious memories as well.

desiderata said...

I thought they were block prints initially before reading. Will you now make sandesh and post the photos?

Priya said...

Sweet indeed! precious childhood memories :)

Shankari said...

Wow! They are so pretty. Do they still make them?

And red oxide floor rocks right? My paternal grandparents house also had redoxide for the longest time and I used to love the sheen on them after the maid would wipe the floor!

Rekha said...

These are cool, wonder if they are available even now!?

AnuG said...

These look lovely. Making sweets in them is just one of the pleasures they afford, I bet!

PreeOccupied said...

These are beautiful. My Mum has these moulds in stone.

Its also eerie for me to see this post of yours. I just made Sandesh yesterday!

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks a lot each and everyone:-)

Glad you all liked it as much as I do:-)

They look like stone, but they are lightweight terracotta moulds.

About making Sandesh...will need a help in getting an easy recipe;-) Surely would want to try my hand in it.

Don't know if they still make these?
They now are resting on my centre table along with pebbles from Ladakh:-)

~Undercover Diva said...

lovely!! we have similar ones at home from my grandmother, and on special occasions my mom whips them out for sondesh. love the photos!!

i-me-myself said...

Just discovered your blog..I'm going through your archives..and i'm loving it! One q - where does one get those Chalkboards which feature in some of your posts ---> i don't see these old type of chalkboards in b'lore anymore..

Curious1 said...

great pics. I wish to contact u but u r email on site is visible with some errors. How can I contact u?
mridula
mridulanaik@hotmail.com

Arch at Rang said...

Mridula~ My email is archanasr_2000@yahoo.com

Madhu Gopalan said...

This is so lovely Archana - I have a soft spot for all things Bengali, because I lived in Calcutta for 4-5 years and loved it :)

Pallavi said...

WOW.What is so commendable is ur ability to see the possibilities in an ordinary sandesh mould and to create such beauty.U have a wonderful gift.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Very pretty Bong sandesh mould indeed. We Bengalis are very fond of these old sandesh mould(sandesh-er chach).My mom has these...
Good find :)