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Tambat Ali & its Treasures.

Tambat Ali & its Treasures.

 

Tambat Ali, a settlement of Tambat or copper craftsman came into existence around 400 years ago during the Peshwa reign in the western town of Pune. Most Tambats originally came to Pune from the Konkan region. The community flourished during the Peshwa rule with the Peshwas being its early patrons for religious and military needs. Tambats made weapons, copper coins and kitchen utensils for the royal family. Seven generations of Tambats are said to have lived in Tambat Ali, passing the craft down generations.

Like other heritage crafts, copper craft is also faced with modern realities like rising metal prices, increased use of materials like stainless steel and plastic and other opportunities for the young generation, leading to attrition of artisans. From over 800 Tambat families in the 1970s, the number has dwindled to less than 80. Passed on through apprenticeship from one generation to the next, today the craft remains in the hands of a few craftspeople.

India’s fascination with metal craft dates back as far as 3000 BC.  Over the period various techniques have been developed to shape metal into beautiful wares: beating it, casting it using natural materials, and spinning it on dies. Today’s artisans are still using these simple, earthy techniques to produce their creations be it in Tambat Ali in Pune or in the neighborhoods of Moradabad.

At Vilaasita, we are inspired by the craftsmanship of yesteryears. The design and embellishment on the everyday objects from the bygone era amazes us. Handcrafted products have a unique charm and demonstrate a sense of purpose. So many handcrafting traditions are slowly dying out.  Our effort is to revive some of these artisanal traditions by designing products that are beautiful yet relevant and contemporary yet honed through time-tested technique.

Our recently launched, Copper & Brass Collection relies on the ancestral practice followed by the Tambat craftsman. All products follow a time consuming and arduous process. Each design begins as a metal sheet that is cut and roughly shaped. The artisans further either spin or mold the sheet by hand to give it its preliminary form, depending on the product design. Then the piece is heated, cooled, and annealed until it is ready for the final phase of production. To finish the product, The artisans then use several wooden and steel head hammers, and khod karvai — a simple, dual component tool with a wooden seat and long cast iron shaper to give each piece its signature hand-beaten detail, traditionally known as “mathar kaam”. Each small bowl would have about 1000-1200 concentric strokes of hammer- finesse comes only with years of perfecting the skill.

The entire process is done by hand in small studios in Tambat Ali.

The result? A regal, hand-beaten copper vase, just like Peshwas would have liked it.

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Inside your Sofa

At Vilaasita, our designs combine time-tested crafting technique with contemporary style. Simplicity and detailing are the cornerstones of our collections. Elegant design, finest quality raw materials and strict quality control ensure unique, heirloom pieces that help create a home you love.
Our sofas are great accent pieces and instantly enhance the look and feel of any space. We have designs to suit both traditional and contemporary spaces.  Clean lines and bold colours are perfect for a modern home, while classic silhouettes and muted shades go seamlessly in a traditional space. The look and feel can also be easily refreshed from time to time with wise use of scatter pillows and throws to suit the mood.
Each Sofa at Vilaasita is customized and handcrafted in the size and fabric of your choice by third generation master craftsman   specializing in the art of hand-tufting upholstery. All of our upholstery is finest quality- Linen-Cotton blends that bring exceptional beauty and strength to the piece.
Making of our Sofa Collection
Upholstered furniture is a big investment and you want to be sure that you are making the right choice.  Framing, suspension
and fillings are the three cornerstones of a comfortable sofa. We want to ensure you are completely informed before making a purchase, so please familiarize with the information guide here.
SOFA FRAME
Wood, joinery, legs and suspension are the four important aspects that ensure quality and durability of the sofa frame.  At Vilaasita we only use carefully selected, premium quality teakwood for our sofa frames. We strictly do not use cheap packing material wood, manmade rubber, MDF or plywood, like a lot of manufacturers in the Indian market. Doweling and reinforced joinery further ensures a sturdy and long-lasting structure.  Handcrafted and beautifully turned teakwood legs make for a stylish and sturdy sofa.
SUSPENSION
At Vilaasita, we use high quality coil or sinuous springs in addition to the webbing suspension to ensure maximum sitting comfort and strength.  The coil springs are hand-tied 8 ways using a time-tested technique for maximum comfort and durability. This is non-existent in the ply board or rubber wood base, factory made Sofas, mostly available in the India market.
FILLINGS 
We use high quality foams and fillings to give you most comfortable sitting experience. All ranges contain resilient polyurethane foam that ensures excellent shape and comfort. The foam is further covered in a quality Dacron sheet for further comfort. Back cushions are poly-fiber fill. Overall, this gives the Sofa its great shape and comfortable seat.
SMART FABRIC FINISHES
We provide an option to hydrophobic, oleo-phobic and stain repellant fabric treatment done for our sofas. This ensures that the Sofas catch minimum dust and avoid stains, this giving them a long life.
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