Bone Artisanry: Mela Artisans’ Fantasy In Indigo Decorative Box

Animal bones have been carefully crafted by Mela Artisans to create a beautiful, decorative storage box stained in shades of blue.

Mela Artisans’ Fantasy In Indigo Decorative Box is handcrafted from natural bone made by an artisan community in Sambhal, the heart of India’s horn and bone industry. It is an ornate and intricate box, with a mosaic like effect, that is beautiful and delicate.

Bone artisans in Sambhal saw, file and set hundreds of pieces of bone into intricate patterns, and then colour is added through a dyeing process. A single piece can take up to five hours to complete. Given that, an artisan can finish about two designs a day.

During the British Empire, bone artisans from the region would trade fashionable hair combs made from this unique material. These days bone artisanry is used to create handcrafted pieces for homes and interiors.

Around 2,000 manufacturing units in a neighbourhood of Sambhal is famous for this artisan skill. But as the artisans age, fewer youngsters are keen to take up the work and honour such a skill.

Mela Artisans give 1% of the company’s profits towards the wellbeing of all their artisans, providing them with basic needs including eye tests, access to light/energy with solar lamps, and healthcare checkups.

Mela Artisans’ Fantasy In Indigo Decorative Box is available online from Mela Artisans 

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com


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