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Craft of life


AT THE outset, it looks like any other shop, selling the same old pieces of jewellery, knick-knacks, and gift items for the elite. But a closer look at the shop and talking to the proprietor, Monica Dayakar, reveals that there is more to Tree of Life than what meets the eye.

Exclusively designed sterling silver jewellery embedded with semi-precious stones, ceramic work, pottery, glass paintings, furnishings, designer fabrics, paper mach products... You name it, and you find them all in Tree of Life, situated on 100-feet Road, Indiranagar. But it is not so much the products themselves and make the shop special, but the fact that these products are exclusively made for the shop by expert craftsmen hailing from various corners of the country.

Says Monica: "I never thought I would be opening a store. But during my travels, I came across creative people who were producing some stunning pieces, which, unfortunately, never saw the light of day simply because there was no one to market them. That is when I decided to open this place."

You will find in Tree of Life some very unique pottery which combine Oriental and European styles, made by craftsmen from Pond cherry. Or a combination of ceramic and bronze or ceramic and white metal, sourced from sculptors in Delhi, who specialise in Aryan art. There are some clever creations in paper mach, which will particularly appeal to those who believe in recycling.

Some items — such as woodcarvings from Channapatna and embroidered evening bags, stoles, and shawls from Gujarat — have been sourced through NGOs. The icing on the cake is the range of silver jewellery, embedded with semi-precious stones. Some of the designs are amazing for the way they blend the traditional and the trendy. Monica loves to modify and improve products based on customer suggestions. "I eagerly wait for feedback from my customers. In fact, the store has shaped into what it is today because I constantly try to incorporate their suggestions wherever they are relevant."

Tree of Life can be contacted on 51153131.

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