in bed and table linens, art-as-apparel, estate brass and wood
accessories for the home, antique jewelry and textiles. We are
engaged in supporting the revival of Kalamkari, the centuries-old
tradition of block printing. We carry the widest range of Kalamkari
linens and apparel outside India. Coromandel
developed out of an interest in women-owned textile workshops
in rural and urban India. By operating a shop ifor nine years
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, owner Niti Seth has built a strong
relationship with women artisans in small towns and villages in
India. Coromandel is now available as on online store: Coromandelhome.com.
The owner visits the studios and workshops from whereshe
buys the goods and cares about ensuring non-exploitative work
environments for indigenous workers. She does
not buy from wholesalers; hence her goods are unique and affordable.
Coromandel also carries the work of contemporary designers who
use traditional techniques from Jaipur, Gujarat, Delhi, Bombay
and Madras. These women artisans work in small quantities and
their apparel and linens are unique works of art.
is what some others say about Coromandel:
"Exactly when ethnic accessories seemed
to be in vogue, along comes a store selling richly patterned Indian
Marianne Rohrlich, The
New York Times, Oct 10, 2002
"Classy vests and tunics are made merry
with silk brocade scarves in autumnal golds. Refulgent, brightly
colored fabrics are also seen here on tempting silk pillows and
ornately embroidered decorative cloths....Think of the art nouveau
patterns in the Paris metro and you've got some of the feeling."
Mopsy Strange Kennedy,
The Improper Bostonian
"Every item in the store from a place
mat and napkin set to tablecloths and cotton quilts is not only
a functional home furnishing but also a work of art."
Hotlines Boston Globe Magazine
"The quality of the fabric is so rare
and fine your hands will swoon with the delight of their feel,
never mind how the skin on the rest of you will react. This is
the unusual, one-of-a-kind clothing that, when worn, makes you
feel special....Everything here is an original."
The Cambridge Current