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How 'Lattu' is trying to save a unique but dying craft of Varanasi

How do you preserve a craft? By reinventing its applications and without changing the techniques of a craft that has been refined and perfected for over 2,000 years

A set of utensils made by crafstmen in Varanasi.
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A set of utensils made by crafstmen in Varanasi.

Aditi Phadnis
The colours are jewel-like and glow brilliantly. There is not a child who will not reach out longingly to the tops, miniature utensils, dolls and other wooden toys made by the craftsmen of Varanasi. Kaushiki Agrawal has set out to revive this dying art to make the craft available to other cities in India and abroad through her business called ‘Lattu’ (spinning top in Hindi). Lattu is an effort to save a craft, use the talent of the artisans to create new products and take these products to the rest of India.

“I always had an inclination towards art and craft

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First Published: Sep 30 2018 | 5:30 AM IST

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