Mango wood shawl-pin
The beautiful shawl-pins designed by Belinda and made by 5 artisan makers in India.
Belinda's Irish grandfather (a band-leader) travelled to India to work for the East India Company. Belinda's father (sadly he died in 2010) was a Captain in the Indian Army in WWII (and later Acting Major), he met and married Belinda's mother in India. Belinda's mother calls herself a ‘child of the Raj’.
Belinda, her sister, niece and mother went to Kolkata last year - they stayed in the Oberoi Grand Hotel (Belinda's mother sang in this hotel in the 1940s). Belinda's relatives took her to visit the artisan makers – extraordinarily talented crafts people. The hubbub of this making area was incredible. They watched delicate kites being made and huge effigies (Kali and Ganesh) being carved out of wood and carved in plaster, the most delicate painted clay vases which had been turned, not on wheels but on round stones – turned fast by the maker’s feet as they crouch down low.
We were thrilled to find an amazing company making wooden artefacts in Northern India. We spoke to them about developing our unique designs and this is what you see here.
We are grateful to these skilled makers for their kindness. Their company is based in the principles of fair trade.
Made in India exclusively for Belinda Harris-Reid
Please note due to the nature of the material these shawl pins will vary in tone and colour, there will be dark and light patches (some mottled), some will have natural features that look like 'imperfections' but are in fact characteristic of the woods used.
THE PROCESS; being made