I have not been asked to write this or been paid, I found this shop by recommendation and got inspired to write about it.
This shop was recommended to me by my lovely friend, Kylie. I was in search of a wooden spoon for my daughter as I am trying to move away from using plastics. We are going to try stick to wood and metal. My friend had mentioned to me that this shop might have what we are looking for. It didn’t but what it did have was so many beautiful bright coloured items. It was like walking into a magic store that entices you at every view. There were many items that you just wanted to buy so you could feel like you have traveled to India and back.
My daughter was captivated by all the colourful things placed around the shop. The shop is on three levels and on each level you learn something new about the items and India. I particularly enjoyed looking at the wooden stamps that they must have used in creating all the wonderful prints. There is a part of the store that shows you how they made these prints with the stamps. You can see the evidence in the colourful sheets of fabric that you can buy for your bed or your couch. They sell these wooden stamps that you could either use or just display as they are quite beautiful. There were tiny stamps that you can buy with some interesting designs on. I decided to get one for my daughter so we can experiment one day and try to make our own mini printed fabric.
I needed a new headscarf so thought this would be the best place to get one, as I wanted one that I would wear daily and would go with the clothes I wear. I found a beautiful one with elephants on that my daughter insisted was the one I got. To be honest, I could have bought them all, but with my new sense of minimalism, I only buy what I need and what I will use.
Once you have paid, you receive a handmade newspaper bag to put your items in. These bags are made by a group of children who are now parents themselves and help others out of poverty.
Newspaper Bag- The organisation was started in 2004 by street children who wanted to give something back in return for the opportunities which had allowed them to escape desperate circumstances. These elder children, now married with children of their own, generate an income by making newspaper bags and jute items. This allows them to take care of thirteen street children that they have saved from the streets surrounding Delhi train station. Support for this wonderful project means that these children can enjoy going to school and playing, rather than pulling rickshaws, shoe polishing, rag picking and worse.
So when you go see the beautiful little town of Salisbury, do go stop at this wonderful little shop and be inspired by the workmanship and colours.
The town that this shop is located in, is beautiful. Full of old buildings, rivers and parks. When you are next in the south west area, do make sure you have Salisbury on your list.
Here’s another review I did for the Chippenham Vegan fair.
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