Channapatna to London

Channapatna to London

The toy craft tradition is heading to make its mark on the international platform Didn’t we tell you that Channapatna is going places and literally so. The exquisite toy craft tradition from Channapatna, a small town near Bengaluru is all set to make an appearance at London Design Fair to be held from September 21-24. […]

Channapatna to London: The dying craft on revival path

Channapatna to London: The dying craft on revival path

Sitting in a small 6×6 feet room in a narrow bylane in Channapatna, 30-year old Suneeta is giving final touches to a wooden bangle.She was forced to do odd jobs for nearly a decade after China-made copies of Channapatna designs flooded the market. But the recent efforts to revive the traditional woodcraft have brought back […]

Not a child’s play

Not a child’s play

Designer Atul Johri urges the concerned authorities to get their act together before the craft of Channapatna disappears for good Channapatna craft may seem to be on its way to revival but Atul Johr begs to differ. The Channapatna-based architect-turned-designer who has been engaged with the craft for the last 15 years, brings to the […]

Architect gets sweet deal for mango farmers

Architect gets sweet deal for mango farmers

What could an architect possibly have to do with mango growers? Help them build their dreams. That’s exactly what Atul Johri is doing. Short-changed by middlemen who buy their produce for dirt cheap prices, Channapatna mango growers were getting a raw deal all this while. But not any more, thanks to Atul’s Tulsi Farm Initiative. […]

How entrepreneurs are fighting back onslaught of cheap Chinese goods

How entrepreneurs are fighting back onslaught of cheap Chinese goods

When entrepreneur Ally Mathan founded Areev four years ago, she aimed to create natural, handmade bath and skincare products. Two weeks ago, she launched products that eliminated plastic packaging and used lacquered Channapatna wood instead. The lacquer colours also correspond to the products’ fragrance families. Although this increased costs and product pricing, Mathan believes it […]

Lighting The Way Ahead

Lighting The Way Ahead

Atul Johri’s ideas, whether for craft design or architecture, are all rooted in tradition but contemporary in form How did your relationship with design develop? I was studying for my B.A. at Lucknow Christian College and while I was there I decided to pursue my career in design at the same time. I was very […]

Channapatna’s craft warrior; Atul Johri

Channapatna’s craft warrior; Atul Johri

Architect-turned-designer Atul Johri is taking Channapatna lacquer craft into homes across India, with his edgy designs It’s a misnomer to say that the crafts are dying. Yes, resources are shrinking and skilled artisans do not know how to market their craft. But it is the responsibility of the designers to step up and show how […]