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As I write this post we are all bleary eyed and suffering from sleep deprivation here at Maud HQ. We’ve been burning the midnight oil for a good few days now trying to dot the i’s and cross the t’s and get the shopping cart to function prior to launch. Hopefully, by the time you read this, all will be resolved but please do email us and let us know if you spot any gremlins.
This is the first posting of what I hope will be weekly postings on the stories behind the handicrafts in our launch collection, including interviews with some of the artisans and NGOs we work with, travel, textiles, interiors, markets and things that catch my eye along the way. To start off we want to celebrate the launch of Maud interiors by offering you the chance to win one of these fabulous handmade copper tea light holders.
These nature inspired copper pods are made by the Tambat coppersmiths in Maharashtra, India. We love the combination of contemporary design and traditional handicraft skills. They give off a warm golden glow when lit and reflect the light on the outside due to tiny indentations which create a mirror-like appearance. These indentations are made by profiled beating hammers, there are different hammers for different copper products, and this technique ,known as matharkaam, is the distinguishing feature of the Tambat coppersmiths. It is a highly skilled craft requiring strength, dexterity and keen hand-foot-eye coordination.
The Tambat people have been handcrafting copper ware since the seventeenth century. They originally worked for the Peshwar rulers making armour, coins and cannons but with industrialisation and British laws they were forced to turn their attention to providing utensils and ceremonial objects for the public. The community has been declining over the years: in the 1970s there were 800 households and now there are only about 80 – 100 households remaining. Fortunately INTACH, an Indian NGO, has created a social enterprise to introduce contemporary designs, skills development and marketing support to revive this traditional craft and these wonderful copper pods are just part of that initiative. We have more copper products from the Tambat community coming soon so pop back to the site to find out what’s new, sign up for our newsletter in the footer below, or check out our Facebook page for updates.
In the meantime, here is how you can win our launch giveaway. All you have to do is like, share and comment over on our Maud interiors Facebook page and tell us why you deserve a Copper Pod tea light holder. The winner will be announced on the blog on Thursday 16th May 2013. Good luck!