Kohl (Kajal) Maker
This Kajal/Kohl maker or Kajrauta is from a local bazaar in the older neighbourhoods of Varanasi city. It represents a slower, mindful lifestyle that gives time and attention to small yet significant rituals - in this case that of preparing kohl.
When placed over the flame from an oil lamp, the soot that collects within this little device is Kajal/Kohl. Depending on personal preferences or tradition, additives such as camphor may be added to the Kohl.
TWF Picks is a selection of ordinary objects sourced from the bazaars and markets of India. Each object speaks of the culture and tradition of the place it is found in. Some of the objects are at the end of their regular existence and making tradition. Being replaced either by badly made versions or in some cases being totally replaced by cheap plastic alternatives. TWF Picks is a way of making them available to an audience beyond their place of origin. Perhaps in the hope that this may prolong the memory of their existence and highlight the beauty of their ordinary-ness.
Material: Blackened steel.
Size: 125mm x 48mm (Can vary +/- 5mm)
Note: Dimensions will vary from piece to piece. Iron will tend to rust. Pieces will exhibit marks of their handcrafted process.
Care: Rust may be prevented by lightly oiling the piece after use.
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