By Hand From The Heart: One Show, Many Stories!

By Hand From The Heart is a curated makers market event in Chennai, South India. UPCOMING EVENT: 24th – 25th, AUGUST, CROWNE PLAZA, CHENNAI

Meet The Maker: Siddhika Nagwade & Priya Subramanian, Artefact Designers


Marapachi dolls, a pallankuzhi game all set within a beautiful frame. A kolhapuri chappal, a broomstick inside a beautiful Maharastrian Frame. Next time you see these, you will no longer see them as just a game or doll. Wondering what we are talking about ? Well, we are referring to “Deshframe”. Siddhika Nagwade & Priya Subramanian of Deshframe, Mumbai showcase novel range of box frames – a Rasoi ghar [ miniature kitchen utensils], Torans [ traditional buntings] and so much more. Each of these are put together with pieces from different states across our country, creating a beautiful art work that can become a part of your home/office décor.

deshframe (1)If only the Marapachi dolls could talk, they would share tales of where they were born, their journey thereon and how they came to be paired with the pallankuzhi [traditional mancala game] and boxed inside a frame. Talk about reinventing things related to our culture, this duo has been creating quite a revolution with their pieces. Every holiday, every trip was exciting as they looked forward to bringing back a piece, an item, a game or just a souvenir. This was then used to spin a tale when combined with few other elements, all of which came together once the frame and background was decided upon.

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“Are you mad, how can you put a broom in a frame?” was a warning that they came upon. But who cares, it looked good and it worked for us, therefore it became part of our collection, quips Siddhika. She goes on to add that someone picked this piece up and gifted it to Arvind Kejriwal, who has thus become a brand ambassador of sorts.

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There is more to come from this duo. They have big plans for the future. Having conquered Six states, another twenty three remains. And with Chetan Bhagat’s 2 States and the likes having given them the opportunity to create cross cultural frames, there lies no boundary, no limit.

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A touch of tradition, a splash of colour and a big dollop of quirkiness is what Deshframe is all about. Next time you are looking for a gift idea, you know where to look.

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Siddhika Nagwade & Priya Subramanian will showcase their framed boxes and artefacts at the By Hand, From The Heart Artisan & Farmers Market | 7- 8 August 2015 | 10 a.m – 8 p.m | Hanu Reddy Residences, 41/19, Poes Garden, Teynampet, Chennai.

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Siddhika Nagwade & Priya Subramanian in conversation with Aarti Krishnakumar – a By Hand From The Heart exclusive.


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