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Cultural collage



Artefacts has crafts from evry comer of India. -- Photo: K. Murali Kumar

SHOWCASING THE rich cultural heritage of India in a sprawling space, in a leafy bylane of the city, is Artefacts. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, Artefacts has an exhaustive collection of pieces from every corner of the country. They have been put together for the discerning in the city by the genial Franklin and Sharmela Franklin.

From a 200-year old door used in Chettinad homes to kodis from Kerala, the shop has something for everyone. One also finds here traditional chariot carvings, wooden pillars and beams, carved doors from royal Mysore, batiks by the late artist P.H. Kulkarini, pichwai from Rajasthan, Tankas found in Tibetan monasteries in the North-East, murals, marble inlay work from Agra, and so on. Especially attractive are the Buddhas in wood, bronze, white cedar, serpentine stone, and marble. One gets a glimpse of the influence of foreign culture on this land too here, in the form of Chinese furniture and Portuguese furniture from Daman and Diu.

If you planning to do up your house, you could take a look at the traditional swings from Gujarath and Rajasthan and the antique chest of drawers. Pointing to one particularly interesting chest of drawers, Sharmela says: "While it is a traditional piece meant for the practitioners of Ayurveda, it can now be used for storing CDs and DVDs."

As an anniversary offer, Artefacts is offering 10 per cent discount throughout the year, staring from April 4. In the month of April, there will be a special discount of 25 per cent on paintings.

Artefacts, on Victoria Road, can be contacted on 25560987 or 25564931.

HARIPRIYA SRINIVASAN

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