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Flowers forever

HOW MANY times have you received a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers and felt terrible when you had to throw it as the flowers began to wilt? Dried flower arrangements, now available in the market, save you this heartache. What's more, we now get such arrangements under brand names. Ever Exotic is one such.

Jyoti Bothra, representative of the brand in Bangalore, says with pride: "We came to Bangalore in 1999, and within three months, the market was filled with our bonsais." Ever Exotic introduced to Bangalore bonsai plants in three sizes.

These are artificial plants made from dried grass (such as millet or lavender) and natural waste products.

While these look just like real bonsai, they need no maintenance, as against their live counterpart. Pot-pourris and dried flower arrangements, no doubt, are available in plenty in lifestyle stores and with regular florists as well, but Ever Exotic makes packaged dried flower arrangements that can be picked off the shelf and gifted right away.


A bonsai creation by Ever Exotic.

Ever Exotic also offers a range of other products that make delightful gifts and home decorative items, all made from dried flowers and natural material.

Some of these, such as Bunny décor, Pencil décor, and Umbrella décor are delicately styled.

All the products are brought to Bangalore from Kolkata.

Back in the West Bengal capital, a large number of artisans diligently work on the items that we finally buy at stores such as Kemp Fort and Hallmark. "We collect the materials from the suburbs of West Bengal and they go through a long process of drying, colouring, processing, and assembling," says Jyoti. The raw material for the products are sometimes collected from places as far away as the jungles of Nagaland or hills of Himachal. Material such as shoal wood, coconut and palm shells, screw pine, and papaya and eucalyptus bark are carefully tanned to the colours required and artistically made into a dry flower arrangement or a gift item. The products are coloured with vegetable dies made from vegetables such as ladies finger or gourd. Jyoti claims that the colours will last three years, though one is warned to keep them away from direct sunlight that fades the vegetable dies.

Says Jyoti: "We don't use any plastic, it is all natural materials, and our products hardly need any maintenance. Also, we have an extremely competitive price structure with the most expensive product priced at Rs. 399." One could pick up Ever Exotic bonsais for Rs. 99 to Rs. 399, while a little magnet to put up on your refrigerator would cost you only Rs. 15. Undeterred by the fact that Fengshui masters consider dried flowers negative energy, Jyoti believes that flowers will never go out of fashion, be it fresh or dried flowers. Jyoti Bothra can be contacted at 6683503 or 6680948.

TINA GARG

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