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Support a Local Business this Diwali

Updated: Oct 13, 2022

Gift a small business some love this festive season

By: Aditi Iyer

The festive season of Diwali is upon us, as people are getting into the mood to have grand and joyous celebrations. Lighting up lamps or diyas, adorning houses with flowers and decorations, and thinking about the wide variety of sweets are the first things that pop into our heads. Along with this, planning out events, making lists of loved ones to invite home, and most importantly- the gifts. After all, the excitement of giving and receiving gifts makes the festival all the more enjoyable.

Gifts are a way of expressing love, affection or gratitude towards someone. They could be a way to say thank you or even as an apology. Giving gifts is a memorable and meaningful gesture, no matter how big or small. It helps in assuring the receiver that you care about them and want to see them happy or that you’re grateful to them. Gifts are as versatile as they come, and picking the right gift is a challenge that is very common during this season.

Giving gifts is a memorable and meaningful gesture, no matter how big or small.

Every other shop, store and business in sight will soon be flooded with people searching for the perfect gift for their families, friends, loved ones, acquaintances and colleagues. Big and small brands will dress up their products with “Diwali-Esque” packaging and colours, hoping to attract new customers to their stores. In this hustle and bustle, people may find a suitable gift, while some may not be happy with the options. If you’re looking for something as unique and special as your loved ones, look no further- you’ve come to the right place.

This festive season, support local artisans and take home a piece of their unique craftsmanship by shopping with The Palkhi. Founded by Nakshatra Bhate, The Palkhi is a small business that focuses on bringing various elements of handicrafts made by artisans in 12 states across India- from Rajasthan to West Bengal to Pondicherry. These handicrafts incorporate under-represented art forms such as Patachitra, Madhubani and Saura, using mediums like silk, metal, wood and aluminium.

The Palkhi aims to bring traditional and culturally rich crafts into the spotlight while supporting small artisans and ensuring they have a platform to showcase their workmanship; small and local artisans are usually unable to tap into the potential of the digital market due to a lack of information or access to suitable technology. The Palkhi focuses on bridging this gap between those involved with creating handicrafts and the people wishing to purchase authentic these products.

The various products include home decor, kitchen and dining ware, accessories, stationery and spiritual products, consisting of collections from different parts of the country. Intricate candle-holders, eye-catching jewellery, colourful kettles and hand-painted artwork are the few among the 500 products in the group that The Palkhi has curated over time.

The colourful, unique, beautiful pieces are the very heart and soul of the business. You will undoubtedly find the perfect articles for giving as gifts.

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