Earthy Hues – An exciting journey continues !

Intrigued by the idea of making various products with hand loomed banana fibre fabric, two women entrepreneurs who share a love for ethnic and handmade products, joined hands to set up a firm called Earthy Hues. Earthy Hues is today, a design house which conceives a product, sources the raw materials and works in unison with a strong team of artisans who toil relentlessly to create a piece befitting the product line.

One of the first products from the Earthy Hues stable is the Cream Clutch with Red Border. The clutch is made out of black warp banana fibre fabric and the flap has a cream coloured silk fabric. A red thread-work border provides a perfect contrast. The perfect style accessory with ethnic wear for grand occasions, the Cream Clutch with Red Border turned out to be a runaway hit. To see our current collection of clutches click here

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Another product that has been well accepted is the Top Crochet Bag. It has hand crocheted banana fibre on the top, and different fabrics like matka silk/cotton/kalamkari are attached to it in a unique way to give the bag its desired shape. The challenge was to get the pleats on the fabric right. The design is deemed as “cute and stylish” by our customers. To check out our new collection of bags please click here.

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Sling Bags are a most sought-after product, be it for gifting or for personal use. One of the first sling bag designs to hit the market was the Sling bag with Mughal Digital Print Fabric. Almost a square, the sling bag has an adjustable handle, a side pocket with zip and a mobile pouch on the other side. The bag is touted for its convenience and style factor. Click here to see our sling bags in latest designs.

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Earthy Hues home décor products adorn the offices and homes of many. Earthy Hues designed a drum shaped hanging lamp when the FIFA Cup was happening in Brazil. We aptly named it the Samba Drum Lamp. The lamp is made from banana fibre-hibiscus fabric and has a silk piping. Currently, Samba Drum Lamps are available with piping in Wine Red cotton silk and Kalamkari fabric. The lamps are available in 12” and 10” diameter. To view them click here.

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Though we had been successful in making square cushion covers, on our first attempt to make a Rectangular Cushion, we were anxious about the end result. However, it was a pleasant experience and the great response from our clientele assured us that we are on the right track. The Rectangular Cushions are available for sale with the filler. Click here for details.

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Every year from November 4th to December 4th we celebrate “Earthy Hues Anniversary Month”. Different contests are held during this period where our customers actively participate and win Earthy Hues products. One such contest was “What Next?” We asked our clients for their suggestions on what they wanted us to make next. The winner was Mrs. Pallavi Navin, entrepreneur at R’ZU who proposed to us to make a Wallet. The wallet has been received well and we were elated that Mrs.Pallavi Navin was one of the first customers of the same. The latest design in wallets can be seen here.

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Folders make excellent gifts. Hence when we decided to give it a ‘desi’ touch with Ikkat and Indigo fabrics we were confident that they would be bestsellers. Our folders have found their way to resorts, office tables, schools, homes etc. Click here to see our folder collection.

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The journey of creating new products and celebrating the skills of the gifted artisans continue at Earthy Hues. Follow us on Facebook  or visit www.earthyhues.in and check out our latest product range.

Boutiques – an outlet for retail sales

 

When the idea behind Earthy Hues was on its way to becoming a reality, we realized that setting up a store of our own in “the world’s most dynamic city”, Bangalore, would require huge investments. Initially, we sold our products only from our homes. Though we received an encouraging response, we decided to look out for other avenues to sell.

We decided to find out if any store would be willing to offer us ‘shelf space’. The challenge here was not only to find a store willing to accept our products but also to find a store where our eco friendly and handcrafted products do not look out of place. After months of persistent efforts and speaking to many, we were successful in finding appropriate stores to showcase our products.

Cannanore – a Lore from a Loom, Whitefieldcann

It’s often difficult to find like-minded people to work with – people with the same passion, appreciation and love for everything that’s handmade or natural. Our search for someone like that ended with Cannanore- a lore from a loom, a quaint store which celebrates unique handcrafted products in the upscale Inorbit Mall, Whitefield.

 

 

Metamorphosis, Indiranagarmeta

A classy boutique which caters to the fashionistas of Bangalore in the charming neighbourhood of Indiranagar is another location where Earthy Hues products are available. Their collection is exclusive and compliments the modern day women. The display of Earthy Hues products here is admirable and eye-catching.

 

The Queen’s Shop, Ayurvedagram, Whitefieldayur

Ayurvedagram is a heritage wellness retreat in the suburbs of Bangalore. It attracts foreigners and Indians alike for ayurvedic treatments. The Queen’s Shop at Ayurvedagram displays Earthy Hues products and the response that we have received so far from the guests has been very encouraging.

 

It has been a pleasant and successful association which each of these stores. In the coming days, we are hopeful of finding more such stores to display our products.

Pat on the Back!

At Earthy Hues, we give a lot of importance to our customers’ satisfaction and value their feedback immensely.  There have been instances when new products were created or a few products were slightly altered based on the suggestions we received from our clients. That could probably be the reason why they remember us and buy from us each time they need to shop/gift. Our joy knows no bounds when we receive words of appreciation from them.

Compiled below are some of the testimonials that we have received so far…..

“Their style is in the creativity to use traditional materials like banana fibre to create stunning pieces… Got one clutch as a gift and couldn’t help ordering two more! Awesome stuff! #happycustomer” – Mabel Ann, Bangalore

“Every time I see this, I am simply enthralled by the exquisite variety and ethnic poetry in these products. I have several clutches from EarthY Hues. Now my friends do too and are thoroughly enjoying them.Really proud of these young dynamic women entrepreneurs.” – Nisha Sunil, Detroit, USA

sruti-collage“I do tend to get carried away by the ethnic flavour and style of organic hand-crated products and often turn a blind eye to the flimsiness associated with them.But Earthy Hues products seem to be carefully crafted with a blend of creative design , good finish and durability in mind, that they serve a longer life. My engagement with this brand continues….. – Sruti Prabhakar Jayaram, Chennai

“I received the parcel today by post. Loved both the items. I picked coin purse for my Amma. I’m sure she would love it utmost :). Thank you dear Earthy Hues team..!! I liked the wallet too :).though u had an hectic schedule but still you managed urself to send the parcel. and I’m happy with the postal service too Me going to be a happy girl when i gift this to my amma to see her happy face:)” – Shashikala Babu, Bangalore

“Love my Earthy Hues clutch and handbag. They blend so well with any kind of outfit and are a dream come true for anyone who freaks out on ethnic stuff. Keep up the great work.” – Anila L Damodar

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“I love all the products of earthy hues. I like their natural feel. They are so very distinct from the other commercial products. Almost all my friends are using earthy hues products .I like the clutch most. Thanks earthy hues for bringing natural fibres in my life.” –  Anupma Yadav, Bangalore

“Awesome products!! I had ordered a folder & a planner, and both turned out to be a masterpiece….so happy to own them 🙂 And thank you earthy hues for your timely service. – Indrani Vinod

“Just received my clutches from Earthy Hues and sjust too happy with the product. As I am in Dubai and purchased just by looking at the pics, I can ensure that the products are as good as or better than the pics! Way to go Earthy Hues!” – Anjana Menon, Dubai

“I have used ur clutch (es), bags, purse and many of your products and each one stands out in terms of quality and usability. Thanks much for replying to all my bugging queries about material, lining, dimensions etc. That made me to come back for more. Truly a class apart…God bless you in all your works…We are still using the bag we bought the first time from u. It has travelled places too.” – Marylyn Joseph

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“Short trips or long vacations, my Earthy Hues cross body saddle bag is perfect for storing
all my essentials. Stylish and functional, it has become my travel companion.”  – . Chandana Shenoy, Freelance Journalist, Mangalore.

 

“What I love about Earthy Hues and their products is how close they are to nature. Be it the bag in which I carry (literally) “my whole world” to the earthy lamps that welcome me home, they make me feel like (though I live in a city)’, I am in the midst of nature!” – Mrs.Kavitha Ashtakala, Founder, Kavitha’s Workshoppe.archana

“I prefer Earthy Hues products because its eco friendly, stylish and in touch with Nature!” – Archana Mohanraj, Thrissur, Kerala

“All the products that I purchased from Earthy Hues have never disappointed me. The very fact that it is eco friendly and so unique makes each and everyone want to own a product. It is a perfect thing to gift too. I generally buy two or three clutches more, so that I can gift my friends back in Muscat. They all love it. In fact they have asked me to buy them the new designs as soon as they are out. Great job done. Love Earthy Hues products” – Urmila Jayakumar,  Muscat, Oman

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“This is an elegant and perfectly designed bag to take to office as it can hold a lot of things. It’s high on utility and spells style.The creative designs and diverse range of products offered by Earthy Hues makes them a personal favorite! “– Renuka Raghavan, Partner, Athira Holidays, Cochin

 

 

We feel blessed and motivated whenever our customers write/call us to give us their feedback. A big thank you to each one of our customers who take their time out to reach out to us.

Are you the proud owner of an Earthy Hues product? How was your experience shopping with us?  Do give your feedback in the Comments section or write to us at  earthyhues.in@gmail.com or at www.earthyhues.in/Home/Contact

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Enjoy Online Shopping with Earthy Hues

In this day and age when everyday jargon includes “digital economy”, “going cashless”, “e- banking” etc., online shopping is becoming a much preferred option among the shoppers.  In the last 5 years, we at Earthy Hues have been witnessing a growing need among customers to become digitally literate.

Initially, the customers were a bit apprehensive about ordering a product online; most importantly, whether it’s safe to do money transactions online. Other concerns included  whether the product would match the description and whether the colour would be different from what’s pictured. Some wanted to know if the product would be damaged during transit. Their concerns were genuine and we did address them to our best of abilities in our own way.

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As an entity that doesn’t have a physical store, Earthy Hues relies on online shopping to a large extent.  Hence it is critical that customers warm up to the idea of buying from online shopping portals.

Earthy Hues ensures that for each and every product, proper and detailed product descriptions are given along with accurate measurements. Having said that, our products are handcrafted and hence no products are the same. This factor actually makes each of our products one-of-a-kind.

Good quality pictures are uploaded for each product so that the customer gets an exact idea of the shape, colour, size etc. In spite of taking professional help for clicking product pictures, we do sometimes find ourselves in helpless situations where the camera is unable to capture the exact colour of the product or the natural colour of the banana fibre is slightly different in some pieces. In such scenarios, we do apprise the customers about it.

Whenever we receive an enquiry, we encourage the customers to make a purchase after surfing our website or any of the websites where our products are available. Earthy Hues products can be bought online from Earthy Hues Facebook page, Sellfie or Unfactory. The team of Earthy Hues is available for assistance or for clarifying any queries that the customer may have.

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We can be reached at earthyhues.in@gmail.com or at www.earthyhues.in/Home/Contact. Alternately, we can be messaged on Sellfie or our Facebook page.

 

The payments can be done on these portals via online bank transfer/net banking/ credit/debit cards. Our experiences so far, validate our belief that e-banking is secure and safe. After the demonetization, we have had payments made through PayTM e-wallet as well.

Earthy Hues products are couriered through reliable courier services like India Post/ Professional Couriers/ DTDC etc to the desired shipping address anywhere in India. If it’s a gift, customers often tell us to leave a handwritten note on their behalf. The products are packed with utmost care. Products like lamps are not couriered as the risk of getting damaged during transit is high. We are looking for safer options to transport lamps. However, until then, lamps can be picked up from us.

Once an order is couriered, the customers are informed about the shipping details and the Tracking ID is provided for tracking the order. We consider the “order closed” only after the customer confirms that the order was received and that the customer is happy and satisfied with the product. In case of genuine issues*, the product is replaced**.

The convenience of shopping online is incredible and we aim to make the experience special for our customers.

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*the image of the damage to be sent to us within 24 hours of receiving the order.
**All returns are subject to the discretion of Earthy Hues

Making of Banana Fibre & Earthy Hues- A layman’s guide

Five years and counting! Yes, Earthy Hues has been successfully and exclusively dealing with Banana fibre products for the last 5 years. Many find it unbelievable that such beautiful and unique products can be made out of banana fibre. We are often asked what banana fibre is and how it’s made. Here’s hoping that this article would answer those questions.

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A number of clusters (consisting of women artisans) in different villages (mainly in Karnataka) are involved in the making of banana fibre fabric. Once the fruits are harvested, the bark from the banana trees are collected from different villages and brought to the workshop. The variety of banana trees that are usually used for this purpose are Rasa Palay, Putta Palay and Nendran. However, the first two varieties are more frequently used. The bark turns into fibre in the hands of the highly experienced artisans.

 

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The fibre is made into yarn using the spinning wheel. This yarn is then hand-woven or handloomed on the traditional loom to make the banana fibre fabric. Hence, this process needs no electricity consumption. At times, while looming, other natural fibres like river grass, hibiscus etc are used to give a different look and texture to the fabric. Mostly cotton threads of varied colours are used as warp.

 

 

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Weaving/looming banana fibre fabric is time-consuming and needs a lot of skill. It’s easy to make numerous products in a day in a mechanized industry but, it takes many days of meticulous effort to create handmade and hand loomed banana fibre products. The entire process is extremely rigorous.

Earthy Hues is a design house which specializes in banana fibre products. The products are conceptualized and designed by the Earthy Hues team of Rekha Rajagopal and Maya Ajay. At Earthy Hues, banana fibre fabric is used with fabrics like silk, kalamkari, cotton, ikkat etc. to make the products look attractive and contemporary. The fabric for this purpose is sourced from different places and many a times, directly from the weavers.

artisanEarthy Hues offers a wide range of products from home décor to stationery, from bags to clutches and accessories. Earthy Hues home decor products include blinds for doors and windows, lamps, cushion covers, table mats and runners. We work with interior designers to install banana fibre blinds, panels etc and also provide them with home decor products that add to the opulent and elegant feel of their project. Earthy Hues products have found their way to many homes and offices in India and abroad.

Eco friendly, biodegradable products have been gaining wide acceptance in the recent times. Earthy Hues aims to create awareness regarding eco-friendly banana fibre products and in the process, find a market for these products.

We, at Earthy Hues cater to those who appreciate the hard work and aesthetics involved in creating banana fibre products. Extremely versatile and durable, the scope of banana fibre fabric is immense.

Earthy Hues products are available at

Online:
. www.earthyhues.in
www.facebook.com/earthyhues/shop
www.sellfie.me/earthyhues
www.unfactory.in/marketplace/seller/profile/earthyhues
Boutique:

Cannanore, Inorbit Mall,Whitefield, Bangalore
Metamorphosis, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Ayurvedagram, Whitefield, Bangalore

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