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An eye on ecology


The Thofah fare... artistic and user friendly.

CHENNAI'S ONLY totally eco-friendly store, Thofa, showcases a range of handcrafted and decorative items made out of natural materials. Recycled paper products, attractive jute items, corrugated board furniture, leaf and paper bowls, papier mache and wrought iron articles and a range of decorative terracotta and cane items are some of the eco-friendly products on view at Thofa.

And opening today is a niche exhibition of pretty terracotta and gourd bells, each individually handcrafted to produce different strains of craft music. Core Emblege's corrugated board furniture — a range of CD racks, chairs and office organisers — is steadily gaining popularity among the ecologically sensitive.

Thofa also has a large variety of attractive hand made paper files, phone books, diaries, photo frames and old-fashioned photo albums. Beautifully printed paper bags and shopping bags, corrugated board `paan supari ' bags etc., make lovely eco statements at the store along with a wealth of printed and painted jute boxes, jute frames, cushion covers, gift boxes embellished with beads and sequins and so on. The printed designer jute bags are especially attractive.

Cane items from Assam are another attraction at the store. So is a range of papier mache masks created in earth colours and in folk, classical and the abstract genre. But the language of Mother Earth is best expressed in a variety of terracotta items presented at Thofa. Masks, plates, tulsi mandapams, sweet boxes, urns, Gods and Goddesses and even terracotta `moorhas' exude a sense of value.

And now, one can choose from a variety of terracotta bells. Thofa is situated at Tapovan, 11 Arunachalapuram 2nd Street, Adyar, Chennai- 20.

PUSHPA CHARI

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