Paper Light Shades & Decorations | Meet Indian Paper Crafters

September 29, 2017

Paper Light Shades & Decorations | Meet Indian Paper Crafters

On a sunny street in Jaipur a large sign sits proudly on an entrance gate bearing the slogan “Say No to Child Labour”. Business owner, Nishant hurries out from behind it to greet us and offers us hot spicy chai before the tour around his recycled paper factory. This is handicraft on a scale we haven’t seen before and it’s impressive to witness. Three floors of activity, employing dozens of happy faces, with a showroom and warehouse in the basement.

Nishant is passionate about paper and creating a secure working environment for his staff. The business is Sedex certified, one of the highest standards a factory can achieve for environmental excellence and employee rights.  

Downstairs stacks of paper bundled into different colours, are stored waiting to be mulched and pressed into new sheets. Upstairs, more machinery for printing, embossing and stitching by the team of talented staff. The factory can produce orders of 1000’s of boxes, notebooks and light shades, each one skillfully cut, folded and stuck by hand. In the deisgn office coloured paper animals and strings of garlands hang from the walls, as the team are busy creating new designs for clients. 

One product in particular caught our eye, the origami paper lamps patiently being folded by a team of highly skilled men. Made of recycled plain and patterned paper, these were then cut into organic shapes to form what we think are unique and fun accessories. 

Artisans & Adventurers Indian Recycled Paper Light Shade

We decided to order five styles: the natural style, the acorn shape, the red and green lightly patterned styles and the timeless monochrome shade.

 Shop our paper range here.

 

Styling tip: Try hanging three lamp shades together, from different heights, for a fun design statement, set to light up any room. 




Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Meet Our Artisans

Kashmiri papier-mâché Tiger Masks | Meet Apindra
Kashmiri papier-mâché Tiger Masks | Meet Apindra

February 04, 2022

Papier mâché is an ancient, traditional craft that has existed in India for hundreds of years. Kashmir papier-mâché was introduced to medieval India in the 14th Century by Muslim saint Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani who came across the craft in Persia...

Continue Reading

Ugandan Baskets | Meet Ruth, Topista & The Women Weavers
Ugandan Baskets | Meet Ruth, Topista & The Women Weavers

January 29, 2022

Our Co-founder, Bee, described Uganda as the most beautiful country she's ever had the pleasure of travelling to. Here in a rural village she met with Ruth, the head of a group of incredibly creative weavers...

Continue Reading

Kenyan Baskets & Brooms | Meet Mulli & The Women Weavers
Kenyan Baskets & Brooms | Meet Mulli & The Women Weavers

January 28, 2022

Mulli is one of the fantastic artisans we work with in Kenya. He leads the group of weavers who make some of our Kenyan Baskets, as well as our Kenyan Brooms. We have worked with Mulli for many years now...

Continue Reading