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    A Pune-based initiative breathes life into a dying craft

    Rashmi Ranade turned her passion into a profession four years ago when she set-up Coppre in Pune. She and her team work with artisans of the 400-year-old craft of tambat, native to Pune and patronised by the Maratha rulers of yore. Ranade decided to revive it with contemporary sensibilities and urban utilities a�� think coasters, platters and carafes alongside floaters, candle-holders and trinket boxes, intricately detailed and uniquely textured for the home.

    An architect and product designer for over 20 years, Ranade acquired a fascination for tambat a�� a heritage beaten metal craft, during her many treasure hunts for work. a�?I fell in love with it and wanted to learn more about the process,a�? shares RanadeA� who lovesA� the a�?high malleability and design possibilitiesa�? of copper. She began by making quaint objects for friends, turning a hobby into a full-fledged business when the positive response led her to put together some funding and integrate a local NGO that worked in the field.

    Helping hands
    a�?We help these traditional craftsmen develop skills for the contemporary market,a�? says Ranade referring to the hand-crafted products that are built from rugged copper sheets which are cut into shapes, moulded, and then suspended from a stand to be a�?beaten in perfect co-ordinationa�? to achieve the craftsa�� most discerning feature. a�?We try to adapt from the traditional uses of copper when designing our products,a�? Ranade says of the cutesy animal-shaped serving platters, dual-toned coasters, charming candle-holders and handy trinket boxes with simple stone embellishments.

    Till March 2.A� Rs. 450 upwards. At The Ants Store, Indiranagar. Details: 41715639

    a�� Susanna Chandy

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