Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dhoop: Its sunlight all the way

A welcome break from my travel tales! I can’t wait any longer to share with you guys pictures of my favourite store for gifting- ‘Dhoop’ which roughly means ‘bright sunlight’ has a lot to offer under one roof. From artefacts to knick-knacks to jewellery, its really like stepping into a world where you can shut your eyes and pick anything & trust that it will be well liked. And all the time you are at the store you will be ably guided in your decisions by the very affable Mr. Rammy Nagpal. Here’s a quick look at some of Dhoop's treasures.

The doors double up as frames which beautifully capture 'Dhoop' and the sunlight theme.
A Beautiful copper buddha bust is the 1st thing you see as you enter.
Dhoop also has a great terrace garden which doubles up as great dispaly space for their amazing range of terracotta ware, natural fibre mats, and a collection of rustic wooden stools.
They have a lot of lamps. Suspended...and in all hues of the rainbow...

Super bright & super ethnic pouches & purses in multicoloured baskets.
They also have a great assortment of Incense, aroma products & a variety of ceramic holders for the same.
Candle holders and Handpainted stools..

Stylised untensils from the east of the country....
...to beautiful ceramic 'leaf platters'
I loved their stunning marble tablewear!

Little ceramic tiles framed in wood makes for great coasters.


And I will leave you this surprising discovery- they have a lot of traditional board games that are a rare find these days. There's another post coming up on Dhoop which will showcase a lot more of their stuff and maybe even a tete-a-tete with Aradhana Nagpal the brain behind this show...

24 comments:

Vinita said...

Hi Vineeta,
All time when i was reading that post I thought this store was in the valley which you visited. Because it has all those buddha busts displayed, the natural material display items etc. But at the end of the post it had mumbai shopping. Very nice post and great photos. Just the other day I was in one of my favorite stores and they had those leaf platters which you have shown ..(on sale..$36)
India has a wealth of such treasures and you designers do an excellent job of showcasing those.

Vinita

vineeta said...

Vinita :) Thanx :) The 1st line of my post says- 'A welcome break from my travel tales' Im sorry I should have been specific. You are right- India is truly a treasure trove of Handicrafts & Dhoop is just the kind of place where you can pick from the best.

masala chai said...

Vineeta,

You have a great blog here!
Good to see more art inclined desi blogs.

Cheers,
Pav

vineeta said...

Masala chai! great to connect! Just checked your blog- art lovers of the world unite :) Superb stuff. Linking you right off.

Smita said...

WOW! but where is this place? And how did you find it? ;D

~ ॐ ~ said...

very very nice...

maza aa gaya dekhkar...

Calie Anderson, C.I.D. said...

Ooh that marble tableware is fantastic. I also like the ceramic leaf holders. Fun, fun, fun.

Gillian @ Indigo Blue said...

It's all beautiful.
Where to find in Canada? I need help! Our little India in Toronto sells mainly food! Clothing!
But nothing like this!!!
Unless I am missing something.
I loved this post.
Those leaf dishes...sweet!
xo
Gillian

vineeta said...

Smita, This place is in Bandra, Mumbai. At the end of Ambedkar Road. Will post the address & phone no. in the next post about Dhoop. And I heard of it through friends :)

vineeta said...

Prashant, thanx :) There's one more post coming up on this :)

Calie, they are my fav too :) They have truckloads of more interesting stuff which I have shot & will be posting sometime soon :)

vineeta said...

Gillian, Thanx! I'm going to draw the Dhoop people's attention to your post- lets see what happens :) Will keep you in the loop.

gunJan said...

yummy place, n wot i love most, is the yellowness of all the pics - a warm sweet delectable yellow:-)

vineeta said...

Thanx gunj- wonders of a warm filter :) Actually the shop had that feel and I tried to make the pics do it justice :)

dhoop chaaon of indian crafts said...

DHOOPP is the place if u want to see the marvel of Indian crafts BUT with a very useable edge to them.COME BASK IN THE SUN>

vineeta said...

"Dhoop Chaon.." Yes i totally agree. Is this aradhana?

Aradhana said...

Hey Vineeta....Happy New Yr!! No Dhoop Chaon was not me...

Your blog is wonderful.thank you! And thank you all for all the lovely feedback...hoping to see you'll at the store soon and on your visits to Mumbai.

We do ship products in India and overseas as well as take on customised orders so please write in if you'll are interested...and hey, that store in Canada sounds fantastic! Are you interested in extending Dhoop there...I have had at least 10 people tell me to open Dhoop there.

Do write in at admin@dhoopcrafts.com and send in your inquiries as wel as you'll can sign up to the Dhoop group on facebook and get egularly updated on what we're up to.

vineeta said...

Aradhana! Happy Newyear! Dhoop Chaon was not you..?
But Im really glad you dropped by. What I am going to do is mail your comment to Gillian who asked- cause she might miss the bit of important info- incase she doesn't drop by here again. In anycase Im doing one more post on Dhoop which will carry all the imp necessary info. Looking forward to meeting you. Will call :)

Aradhana said...

Dhoop Chaon is my fav. aunt whom I spoke to today and she told me she commented on the blog as Dhoop Chaon.

I was pretty sure its someone who loves Dhoop...and only to happy to have this comment up. Thanks masi!!

Aradhana said...

I went through couple of Gillian's blogs..you write so well and its amazing that you have a spa.....its always been my dream to have a spa too, considering how much I love natural things and massages myself!! Everytime I go to Kerala sourcing and designing for the store I end up spending lots of time getting the traditional Kerala massage.

We must catch up and think about doing something together.

Roanna said...

Hey I love your blog...More so,cuz of all the fantastic pictures of all the crafts...so exciting!I love such places.Have u been to the Bombay Store?U'll go crazy there...they have such lovely displays of such beautiful and ethnic artefacts and hand made stuff.....Also,I think u should visit the Kala Ghoda festival when it happens...it's a colorful mesh of talents from different people in India.Cheers!

Shikkha said...

Hi. Do they have a website online store

mouldedmemories said...

Hi Vineeta,
I am always looking for things which make us appreciate nature and it glory.
Dhoop has amazing stuff and Iam elated to know it is in Amchi Mumbai.
Thank you for sharing this.Please give us more of these.
Shaila
mouldedmemories

mouldedmemories said...

Hi Vineeta,
I am always looking for things which make us appreciate nature and it glory.
Dhoop has amazing stuff and Iam elated to know it is in Amchi Mumbai.
Thank you for sharing this.Please give us more of these.
Shaila
mouldedmemories

bryan said...

Hi Vineeta,
Well written stuff i must say. I was looking at buying some bamboo shoots to make the front of a small cabinet. Was thinking of splitting it and sticking it on a cabinet. Where would I be able to buy bamboo shoots and what would be its cost. Thx and all the best...