Rosewood Heart Tray
Delicate rings and earrings will fit perfectly in this expertly carved heart shaped sustainable Indian Rosewood tray. Perfect feminine accessory for your dresser or vanity or equally useful and pretty in your bathroom. Gift giving has never been so easy!!
- Approximately 5.5" x 5.75" x 1" in size
- Material: Indian Rosewood
- As is the case with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
- Handmade in India
- Fair Trade, Sustainable
- Care: Wipe clean
The traditional craft of woodcarving plays an important role for many Muslim artisan communities in small towns and agricultural villages in north central India. Each artisan uses hand tools to skillfully carve blocks of sustainable Indian Rosewood into fine treasures. This art form requires mastery to create the intricate carving, filigree and inlay work. Many of the patterns are deeply influenced by cultural motifs from Muslim dynasties that ruled the region centuries ago. Artisans finish and detail each item with natural wax and non-toxic paints.
The sustainable tenets of this artform dictate the wood is first harvested from planned deforestation. The wood is then seasoned for four weeks before it is carefully cut and carved. Each carving is done with extreme mastery and precision using a chisel and hammer. Each carved piece is then finished with natural wax and non-toxic paints.
Our woodcraft partner artisans belong to collectives in the region that provide basic services and development solutions to enable self-sufficiency, including healthcare and education. Literacy rates and income opportunities are quite limited in the area, so woodcraft production is vital for community livelihoods. Most woodcraft artisans are men and some women work in finishing and production assembly. Our main focus for their continued development is sustainable income generation, skills development and raw material allocation.
Handmade Expressions is a sourcing partner for socially and environmentally responsible products. They work with underprivileged and disadvantaged artisans in India and strive to improve their economic and social standing by creating self-sustainable employment following fair trade practices.
They partner with grass-root level NGOs and artisan cooperatives and help them create high quality handmade goods. They empower the artisans with market and fashion information that allow them to create functional products. At the same time, they encourage them to use natural fibers and recycled material wherever possible.