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STORY

Karu brings you exquisite craftsmanship imbued with an indigenous spirit representing stories and legends dating back to thousands of years. At Karu, each object d’art represents beauty, heritage, and the timeless wisdom of India.

While our vision is to create exclusive pieces of handcrafted art for modern spaces, it is also our mission to transform and support Indian craftsmen and provide them with sustainable livelihoods to enable them to keep traditional skill-sets alive in a modern context. That is what helps us deliver unique handmade items, that express the personality and creative expression of the artisan.

At Karu, we deliver timelessness in a fast-paced world! We celebrate luxury carved from our roots. So come, be a part of India’s legacy.

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people

Ishan Pattanaik Designer

A designer from Kolkata – an avid history and culture enthusiast, Ishan is passionate about all things Indian. A graduate of Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, Ishan’s work is inspired by classical South Asian art, religious iconography and Indic thought. He believes it is his life mission to infuse the grace and wisdom of India’s traditions and art forms in his work.

It is his constant endeavour to explore and develop a design language that is contemporary, unconventional and conveys the timelessness of India. A voracious reader, he loves looking for facts in stories and stories in facts.When not reading a book, he loves spending time scouting for art and antiques.

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Abhishek Parida Production Incharge

Abhishek is our production incharge in Odisha. A multiple degree holder, Abhishek travels all over the state looking for kaarigars all the time. He helps them, encourages them and manages the production work with great tact and patience.

A fitness enthusiast, Abhishek has a quiet and polite demeanour. This is juxtaposed with his voracious quest to contribute to art and take up various challenges, that come his way, with vigour. He also takes a keen interest in product development and is an astute yet gentle manager.

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Monisha Kundu Product Manager

Monisha, our Product Manager, is a Management Graduate in the field of Marketing and a Diploma Degree holder in Multimedia. She analyses the market trend to understand the needs of individuals and works closely with the design, marketing and production teams to deliver the promised products on time.

The idea of selling not only products but stories and experiences is what inspires and drives her efforts in Karu. In her leisure time, she likes to improve her knowledge and understanding of management and dreams of becoming a globetrotter and a fine gastronome.

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Abubakkar Moli Assistant + Craftsman

Abu helps keep the studio running swiftly. Besides ensuring the studio equipment stays in top running condition and racing through traffic to ensure that last-minute delivery is carried out easily, Abu also has an aptitude for polishing, sourcing material, handling vendors, finishing products, taking care of inventory, and sourcing new vendors. This man never misses a beat.

When not working, he enjoys watching videos on his precious phone. Temperamental, caring, reserved and determined – Abu takes great pride in his work.

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The artisans

Artisans are the backbone of Karu. They come from families that have crafted and built some of the region’s greatest monuments. Extremely skilled and dexterous, they are living libraries and help us realise our vision by being open to new ideas, forms and experiments. Their wisdom and experience is what brings Karu to life and gives every design a narrative of its own.

THE
KARU
EXPERIENCE

We promise unparalleled quality across all our creations. With a range of bespoke luxury gift boxes to fit individual product needs; every box being unique in its form and function; the coverings and trimmings being hand-finished and of unrivalled quality, each Karu product is packed as a gift ready to be handed out. It comes complete with a product card narrating the story of the product, a brand card that talks about Karu and certificates of authenticity.
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The synthesis of folk and classical forms constitute the wood carving traditions of Odisha. Our craftsmen have assembled a collection of beautiful and utilitarian objects that exhibit sharp, fine features and an exquisite needle work finish. Designed and etched with careful detail, the products are made from a soft and light cream wood called Gambhari or white teak. Our wooden objects are textured, finished with great smoothness, whittled and carved to utmost finesse.

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The alluring stone carvings of Odisha mirror a glorious past and a rich heritage. Evolved and perfected through centuries of disciplined efforts by the deft hands of artisans who descend from the builders of ancient temples, Karu's stone carvings give a touch of distinction to modern décor that is hard to surpass. They are not only a timeless reflection of an eminent tradition, but also frozen stories in stone.

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Silver filigree, also known as Tarakashi, is a unique craft of Odisha. Intricate, delicate and regal in its semblance, it is the skilled artistry of our craftsmen that lends the art-form its elegance and the famous sobriquet - woven moonlight . The artisans first prepare a frame work for the article by means of a piece of silver wire drawn into thread as fine as a spider's web. This is followed by suturing and fashioning the inner textures, setting it inside the frame to create jewellery and other objects of infinite beauty.

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