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Hastshilp हस्त शिल्प  [ɦəs̪.t̪ə.ʃɪl̪p]: Handicraft

Hastshilp is a small family run UK-based business, run by Aadil and Megan. Our bespoke designs are drawn by hand in our UK-based studio, and then sent over to our partner team in India to be brought to life. All our products are handmade in a small town in Northern India, where Aadil is originally from, by a family whose skills have been passed down through generations.

We work on a small scale with independent artisans who work from their own shops and homes. Ramu works alongside his son and a team of other local artisans, skillfully handcrafting each item with the traditional process of cane craftsmanship. By working independently with us, Ramu and his team are able to earn a more than fair wage of living, creating a secure life and future for their families. Keeping a slow but steady production ensures that our artisans will always have work and a stable income.

aadil and megan working
Ramu

All our items are handmade from scratch, so naturally each item is unique and made to the highest quality – built to last for years and years (and years!). The process from field to home is a lengthy one that requires multiple steps and techniques, and some pieces can even take days to make. Naturally with beautiful handmade pieces like this, comes a higher cost. Investment pieces where the cost of purchase balances out the lifespan of our pieces and supports fair wages for the creation of each item.

As each item is handmade, and due to the use of natural materials and the traditional process of working with cane, no two items will be exactly the same. Rather than hiding slight markings and darker spots which occur naturally, we choose to embrace them, and believe this is what makes our items so special and unique.

Our products are made up of natural fibres and materials, designed to bring a bit of nature inside your home. By keeping the natural colour of the cane and bamboo, it allows our pieces to fit in almost anywhere in the home, adding a sense of calmness and simplicity. As each piece is handmade, we only produce in small quantities, where we know each item will go to a home where it will be loved and cared for.

If you would like to know more about our artisans, please feel free to contact us by email at [email protected] .