Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Varnam presents 'Stories of Channapatna'

Varnam~ Colours for your home, which is Karthik Vaidyanathan's venture brings to you beautiful lamps from their series called 'Stories of Channapatna'.

Each piece has been designed by Varnam and handcrafted by the artisans of Channapatna.
red channapatna base with khanaa
Channapatna is a rural town on the outskirts of Bangalore which is popular for it's wooden toys best known as Channapatna toys. The work involves lacquering the wood of 'Wrightia tinctoria tree also known as 'Aale mara'. The origin of these toys can be traced to the reign of Tipu Sultan who invited artisans from Persia to train the local artisans in making wooden toys.
Green vilallku base
Green 'Villaku' base, inspired by the traditional oil lamps...
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Green base with White and Gold lamp shade...
three lamp bases
Lamp bases in various colours...
green deepam with purple buta shade
Green lamp base with Purple Buta Shade...

Karthik says,'I have always found the 'glossy' vibrant colours of Channapatna very intriguing and wanted to explore them in a different avtaar, away from their 'toys' imagery. Since I keep a keen interest in home decor, wanted to combine the two.'

If you want to pick up any of these do drop by at
The Ants Store
#2023/B, 1st Cross, 14th A main, HAL 2nd stage,
Indiranagar, Bangalore - 560038.
Tel :- 080-4175639

from June 3rd to 5th, Fri to Sun, 11AM to 8 PM.

(images by Varnam)

33 comments:

Neha@ Allthingsbeautiful said...

Gorgeous lamps!

Dithi said...

What a brilliant way to utilize this traditional craft and create products that are beautiful and functional, lovely colours and designs! Thanks Archana for sharing this, any online website or store?

Arch at Rang said...

Neha~ Yes:-)

Dithi~ Do click on the Varnam link, it leads to their FB page.

Harshita said...

Lovely post Arch! Chennapana toys have been my favourite wooden toys ever and kudos to Karthik Vaidyanathan on a fabulous venture. I wish him all success and this store is on my must-see list next time I'm B'lore bound.

Emreen said...

Brilliant Idea... !!Hats off ..!!
Love the white shade with the leaf print.. and the bottle lampz' bases... !! Lovely choice of colors too.. !!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Very pretty!

Sunita said...

This is great! I love this craft ... can't resist picking up some of those wooden toys at every craft exhibition I go to :)

dipikasingh said...

its so nice to see people use crafts and convert them into contemporary designs and products. This increases the market for these crafts and gives them a fresh lease of life whether in the domestic market or through exports.

there is an organization called SASHA that I worked with long back. they do the same with crafts in the east. very admirable.

Pallavi Arunika said...

How innovative !! Traditional craft incorporated so effeortlessly in such a unique way.
I wish India can bring its traditional craft to a global marketplace more effectively !

Paaka Shaale said...

Wow these look so lovely!!! Wish I was in Bangalore now to pick up one of those lamp shades. All the more so because we are moving to a new place

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous!:)

Sudha said...

love channapatna toys...and lamps from that region..wow!! have to have one..thanks for sharing it archana

Sound Horn Please said...

These are absolutely gorgeous! Wondering if I'll be able to bring the maroon and green one back with me in a suitcase.. Arch- I love that your blog is all about quality and not quantity of posts.

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks everyone. Glad all of you liked the products as much as I did:-)

Divya~ Thanks. I post when I find inspiring things to share.

indu said...

How beautiful...the green Veleku does not look like it is made of wood, more like marble....

Varnam Talk said...

Thanks Archana for the wonderful post about varnam

And thanks to all who liked the stuff. The Channapatna lamps are made by very skilled artisans and varnam hopes to keep them employed through more such work

Karthik from varnam

Reshma at masalamangomantra.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful creations! One more reason to go back to and grab 'em channapatna creations.

Deepthi Pola said...

very innovative and colorful lamps

Anonymous said...

Are these available in the US 120V type plugs? Also, how do we buy them later on if we can't be there the next 3 days?

Archana-absolutely love your blog and wait for your posts, takes me back to my childhood with the traditional/antique things. I'm very much inspired. I used to think I was the only one taking pictures of stuff around the house! Thanks for keeping company :)and showing things so beautifully.

Shanthi said...

Lovely Lamps!!! It is really nice to see age old traditional crafts brought into the modern living. Archana you have a great blog with interesting posts. I will be flying in and out from Bangalore in my forthcoming trip to India. Can you list some good places I can visit for the arts and crafts :-)

Arch at Rang said...

Shanthi~ Can you put your specific requirements in a mail, will see if I can help you out:-)

archanasr_2000@yahoo.com

indian yarn said...

very cool.

rk said...

I remember Channapatna toys from many years ago. I will be in the vicinity of BLR in July. Is it possible to buy them in Channapatna itself or is it only available through retailers in BLR? Thanks for sharing these wonderful objects made of wood.

Nisha said...

cool bottles and lamps too...gr8 post...

deepazartz said...

Fabulous lamps!!! Very creative!
Thanx for sharing, Archana:)
Deepa
http://www.deepazworld.blogspot.com/

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Anpu said...

The lamps are so beautiful...The Kaan material is so well used...what a lovely idea...
And the Chanpatna toys are so wounderful.
Thanks Arch for sharing the post...they are so inspirational and you have something fantastic to share in each posts

Anil P said...

Green base with White and Gold lamp shade is swell, and so is the lamp in the first picture. Something about wood that's scintillating, especially the shine.

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

An amazing craft and such vibrant color..would love to have one shipped to NY!

Lake Placid Vacation Rentals said...

I think, these look so lovely!These all are so beautiful lamps, A brilliant way to utilize this traditional craft and create products that are beautiful and functional, And especially i like the Green base with White and Gold lamp shade.You are doing great work.Thanks Archana for the wonderful post about varnam.

Patricia Torres said...

Oh wow!! fabulous!!

Nidhi said...

these are gorgeous. Can we buy them directly from channapatna ?
if yes? Can youe tell me the place and contact ?/

Also, I am a follower of your blog and would apreciate everything you have put together here

Arch at Rang said...

Nidhi~ These have been designed by Karthik Vaidhyanathan and you can buy it from Varnam.
Please click on the Varnam link.

Thanks