Adopt Sri Lanka's green ways

Last Updated 06 June 2012, 14:38 IST

Environment issues are taking centre stage and adopting green lifestyle is the need of the hour to save the earth and subsequently humanity.

A small step to be a part of this larger cause can be taken by choosing green kitchen and other household products and accessories. An exhibition of Sri Lankan eco-friendly products is being presented by The Delhi Design Store in Chattarpur.

Kithul is a tree found in Sri Lanka. It is very similar to coconut trees of India. The exhibition features handmade kithul egg holders, handmade paper diaries, kithul chop sticks, kithul grinders, round curry kithul spoon, oval shape kithul oil spoon, coconut rice spoon and mara yuddha painting. All these products have been imported from Sri Lanka by the owner of the store Monica Khanna.

“I derive pleasure out of providing people with beautiful things from all over the world, under one roof,” says Monica. She has done interiors of Palace on Wheels (Rajasthan) and the Royal Orient of Gujarat, which makes her the only designer in the country to design two luxury trains.

“All these products are manufactured by people living in a village close to Galle in Sri Lanka,” she says.

Diaries have been made using dried leaves for their covers and handmade elephant dung paper for inside pages. A range of dining accessories and spoons of various sizes made from kithul and coconut will add to the decor along with the green cause.

Waste newspapers that are trashed in most households can be reused to make products such as photo frames, bowls and coasters.

Made from recycled paper, these coasters do not stick to either glass or porcelain. Instead they absorb the water. “They are imported without any exemption. Even then, these products are not very expensive,” tells Monica.

The exhibition also features some home decor products. One of them is mara yuddha painting made on bamboo. It depicts Lord Buddha avoiding temptation, with him in the centre fighting various evils.

At the bottom of the painting is its description in a local dialect. The exhibition-cum-sale remains open till June 24.

(Published 06 June 2012, 14:38 IST)

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