It smells of earth. Have you ever smelled the scorched ground after a rain-wash? The musk of the soft brown mask on Earth’s face is an instant mood-freshener. That was Sienna’s first impression on me. Nested in a corner plot in Jodhpur Park, Kolkata, Sienna is a treasure island of all things earthy and beautiful.
The retail brand of Confetti, Sienna was conceived in 1993 with a vision for the reviving Terracotta pottery, one of the most ancient art forms. Sienna also envisaged a well founded platform for rural artists while eliminating the sources of their exploitation, economic or otherwise. In its efforts to nurture and hone the skills of these artisans, Confetti emerged as a beautiful synthesis of tradition and modernity. Through Sienna, indigenous handicrafts seeped in contemporary lifestyles.
This was one of my many visits to their store in South Kolkata (they have another in City Centre, Salt Lake, Kolkata). Over a cup of steaming tea served in a ceramic bhaanr (traditional handle-less cup for drinking tea), Sulagna, Diya (they run the store) and I shared some time and talk. I tried weaving their store-story through my lens.
The store ushers you into a ‘light’ mood. An array of traditional earthen lamps (prodip), tea-light holders, lanterns of various shapes and sizes crafted in ceramic, lamps sporting Madhubani-painted head gears, a broom-turned-lamp are such show-stealers!
Their collection of ceramic is beyond drool-worthy. What serves as an icing is their pocket-friendliness. You will be drawn in a whirlpool of choices from table top decorations, cups and saucers, cookie jars, napkin holders, flower pots, casseroles, serving dishes, dip-bowls, diffusers, fridge magnets (shoes in the picture below), vases and a diverse collection of home-décor lovelies. Their earthy hues, unusual contour and character and the intricate alpana-painted on some of them will leave you awestruck.
The ceramic piece that caught my attention and bowled me over for ever was this bird feeder. If money was as easily available as the ‘Alok Nath jokes’ on the internet, this would have surely adorned my garden by now.
Sienna also flaunts a gorgeous collection of Dokra items. The ricksaw, the “three men on the boat”, bullock carts (and bullock towel hanger), Ma Durga and her children (specially the book-worm Ganesha) were some of the pieces that kept me salivating.
Sienna is a mixed bag. Alongside their huge collection in ceramics, they also showcase a variety of Kantha bedspreads, Kantha cushion covers, leather products, recycled fabric items, Patachitra paintings from Bengal, dinner ware made out of coconut, wood, horn and terracotta.
The store is studded with a variety of apparel….sarees, stoles, dupattas, dresses, jackets, jump suits (made out of batik prints, Kantha, Kalamkari, gamcha etc.) and jewellery. In Bengali, there is a saying, “je radhey, shey chul o bnadhey” which when loosely translated, means that a woman, no matter how busy she is with her household chores, still finds time to deck up. Here at Sienna, while making plans for styling up your nest, you get generous chances for styling yourself as well. : )
One of the striking features of Sienna is, it is head-to-toe beautiful. The ceilings are adorned by gorgeous Madhubani, colourful Patachitra and intricate Kantha work. Here is a snap shot. Ain’t it beautiful?
Say hello to Sienna. You will know why ‘earth’ and ‘heart’ are anagrams.
The Store Details:
1. Sienna, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata.
414 B, Jodhpur Park
Kolkata – 700068
For directions, click here.
Phone: +91 33 4000 2828
2. Sienna, Salt Lake, Kolkata.
E102, 1st Floor, City Centre,
Salt Lake, Kolkata -700064
For directions, click here.
Phone: +91 33 2358 5415
Store Timing: Open from 10.30am – 8.30pm everyday