Saturday, May 19

Scandinavian design with an Indian touch

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I cannot wait to share my latest find with you. A Finnish brand called Tikau, which combines Scandinavian design with Indian handicraft traditions. My excitement stems from the name Tikau, for it is actually a Hindi word meaning sustainable and durable. The word is part of a popular phrase used to describe handy items of everyday use – ‘Sasta Sundar Aur Tikau’, which means inexpensive, beautiful and durable. 

Tikau’s collection consists of handmade home décor and clothing accessories for everyday use. They use hand-processed materials that are environmentally sustainable. Ecological considerations are at the root of all their designs: and they use materials such as bamboo, organic cotton, non-dyed wool, banana fibre, cashmere and recycled sari fabrics. 

Taking a uniquely long-term, personal and human approach, Tikau collaborates directly with its 120 artisans in their home villages in India. Every Tikau item is hand-made and bears the signature of the artisan who makes it. I specially love their Klaus Happaniemi rug and ZickZack carpet. The Organic Cotton collection with its graphic designs by Aino-Maija Metsola and Ea Soderberg is another favourite.

All images courtesy Tikau.

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