Are you a health-conscious person willing to get back to Organic living. Mayan arts and potteries – helps you to take the first step of it with clay cookware and earthen kitchenwares.
The clay-ware were an intrinsic part of the Indian household. In olden days earthenware was used for cooking purposes and storing water since it keeps the water cool. Clay being alkaline in nature helps in neutralising the pH balance of the food. Foods that are naturally acidic will acquire some natural sweetness. Acids in foods like tomatoes, when cooked in earthen pots, give the food a wonderful taste.
Being a Fine arts Graduate in Ceramic, Arasu Baskar left his animation job for his passion for organic living and started manufacturing Clay cookware. “We use a mix of 4 kinds of clays – Clay from the riverbed, from the lake, white clay and Feldspar used to withstand the high temperatures while cooking,” says Arasu. His shop has different kinds of cookware like Kadai, Idly cooker set, tea-pots and cups etc. They also make other kitchenwares like the water filter, clay refrigerator etc.
Along with Mr.Arasu, his wife Mrs.Gomathi also taking care of the shop. “We started initially with selling organic food grains. Along with that, we were selling a few terracotta item. With the growing demand for organic food, the demand for clay cookware has also increased. So we have expanded out cookware productions and set up a complete clay and terracotta shop cookware at Kamarajapuram. Though we are also supplying organic products through our friends if customer demands” says she.
Apart from these, Arasu also sells terracotta statues and idols of God here. The Navarathri special Golu dolls are selling like hot cakes this month. He sells all varieties of traditional dolls made by his own team of potters to ensure consistently good quality goods.
Shortly he is also planning to start pottery classes for kids and adults. Explaining the health benefits of clay. he says “playing with clay with bare hands absorbs our excess body heat and give a cooling effect. Siddhars have also recommended tying clay balls around the belly button to balance the body heat.”
In spite of the increasing cost of clay (due to TN government ban on soil mining in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur), he sells his products at a very nominal cost only. His efforts to save an endangered art in India is commendable.
For more details 9962807914. You can also visit their website.
Address: #129, Velachery Main Road, Kamarajapuram, Sembakkam, Chennai-73. Landmark: Behind Kamarajapuram Bus stop.
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