SARATHA VILAS HOTEL - CHETTINAD
Boutique Hotel in South India
In House Boutique
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The In-House boutique is a souvenir shop painstakingly curated by the hotel owners who travel around the country to select collections of craft and pieces of art. They regularly travel to Srinagar to select the delicate pashminas, to Rajasthan to select quilts or dress with block prints as well as to select Jewelry. They also propose Kantha silks from West Bengal, kurtas from Lucknow and Mithila paintings from Bihar. From the local market they propose cushions made out of Kandangi cotton weaving, a collection of baskets and terra cotta figures from the Velar priests.
The so-called pashminas are the stoles and shawls weaved with the wool of the goat from the high plains of Kashmir and Ladakh, the pashm. Its particularity is the delicacy and the outstanding softness the thread which makes impossible the mechanical weaving. In addition to the weaving of the noble material, the Kashmiris have a long tradition of embroidery on pashmina material which is recognized all over the world. Bernard personally select each piece and also create collections of embroideries.
Cotton block-print bed covers are hand stitched together with another piece of plain cotton all along the fabric in order to play with the flower pattern. The technic is similar to the one of Kantha in West Bengal which uses recycled silk. Bed covers are single, queen of king size. Bernard also propose a collection of vintage Kantha quilts.
Chikan Lucknow or Lucknawi chikan
Chikan is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow in India. Literally translated, the word means embroidery. It is one of the best known textile decoration styles in Lucknow and India. Chikan began as a type of white-on-white embroidery.
Chikan is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, etc. White thread is embroidered on cool pastel shades and white of cotton garments. Bernard proposes kurtas and pyjamas white-on-white embroidery.
Kantha is a type of embroidery craft one can find in the eastern regions of the Indian sub-continent, specifically in West Bengal. Old saris are stacked on each other and hand-stitched all along to make a thin piece of shawls or stoles. The thread plays with the design of the silk fabric.
Kandangi weaving is the name given to the traditional Chettinad handmade sarees. There is a particular use of natural colors such as red oxide, mustard and maroon. The designs combine straight lines with checked patterns with two borders.
Chettinad Terra Cotta
Chettinad terra cotta is linked to the living traditions of Ayyanar and Muthu Mariamman. The potters are the Velar priests of these animist cults, perpetuating the village rituals every year. The small figures displayed in the souvenir shop are horses, elephants, cows that the villagers order to the potters at the occasion of the yearly village festival for offering to the god Ayyanar. Our long relationship with the Velars allows us to order and propose terracotta figures to the visitors as they are not sacred accordingly to rituals.
Jaipur is the capital of India for gem and gem cutting. There is also a long tradition of gold and silver jewelry. The In-House boutique proposes a variety of close-set silver jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, rings as well as plain silver one.
We also propose necklaces and bracelet from Odisha or from Nagaland.
There is a tradition of basket weaving in Chettinad inspired by the sophisticated one of Burma where the Chettiars used to make their business during almost one century. We design palm leaf baskets as well as plastic wires bags.
Madhubani art (or Mithila painting) is a style of Indian paintings, practiced by women in the Mithila region in the state of Bihar. Madhubani is the name of the main town.
The paintings were traditionally done on freshly plastered mud walls and floors of huts, but now they are also done on handmade paper or canvas. The paintings represent the nature and mostly Hindu traditional events and subjects are generally regarding Hindu divinities.
Bharthi Dayal is one of the most famous Madhubani artists. Beginning from a young age, she learnt Madhubani painting from her mother and grandmother. She pursued as her professional activity from 1984. She developed a very personal artistic sense through her painting while using traditional subjects of Madhubani art.
Our Pashmina fabrication in Kashmir
The manufacture of our Pashmina in Kashmir