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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 — 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 heritage beaten metal craft, during her many treasure hunts for work. “I fell in love with it and wanted to learn more about the process,” shares Ranade  who loves  the “high malleability and design possibilities” 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
    “We help these traditional craftsmen develop skills for the contemporary market,” 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 “beaten in perfect co-ordination” to achieve the crafts’ most discerning feature. “We try to adapt from the traditional uses of copper when designing our products,” 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.  Rs. 450 upwards. At The Ants Store, Indiranagar. Details: 41715639

    Susanna Chandy


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