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World Map Keepsake Box -No Inner Compartment, Wood, Engraved Photo Box

World Map Keepsake Box -No Inner Compartment, Wood, Engraved Photo Box

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Beautifully carved from sustainably harvested mango wood in north-central India, this rectangular jewellery storage box features a hand-carved world design on the cover/lid. It does not feature any inner compartment. Thus, you may use it to store photos and other trinkets, etc.

This is a unique find and would look pretty sitting on the tabletop.  


Features

  • Handcarved by expert artisans keeping quality, value, and style in mind
  • Fair Trade Valuables Box - Makes you feel good knowing you're supporting the environment and people who need it most!
  • Practical and Inspiring gift
  • Beautiful workmanship
  • Made in India

 

Box Dimensions

  • Approx. Height = 8.5 cm
  • Approx. Length = 21 cm 
  • Approx. Width = 14.5 cm

Inside Dimensions (refer to photos for details)

  • Approx. Height = 5 cm
  • Approx. Width = 18 cm
  • Approx. Length = 11 cm

 

Note

  • Due to the nature of hand-made products, kindly expect slight imperfections. This is not a defect and "World Map Keepsake Box - No Inner Compartment, Wood, Engraved" is non-refundable due to this reason.
  • Care instructions for this Photo Box: wipe with a clean soft dry cloth
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Was exactly as described & will make the perfect memory box for my niece’s upcoming birthday.

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Why Aksa Keepsake Boxes are the best?

  • Fair Trade - Aksa is a fair trade shop. This means every keepsake jewellery box has been lovingly crafted by an artisan in return for economical independence, welfare and community engagement. Read more about the 10 Fair Trade principles.
  • Hand Made: Our range of keepsake boxes, storage boxes and jewellery boxes is entirely handmade using hand tools and traditional craftsmanship passed down generations. This means each piece is unique in its own beautiful and warm way in terms of design and beauty.
  • Eco friendly, Sustainable Raw Materials: All of our keepsake jewellery boxes have been handcrafted in India using the eco-friendly and sustainable raw materials like sustainable mango wood.
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    Crafted with precision and imbued with natural elegance, our wood jewellery box  are a true work of art. Made from high-quality wood, the jewellery boxes are a testament to fine craftsmanship. The intricate engraving showcases our commitment to detail and aesthetic excellence. Whether placed on a vanity table or gifted to a loved one, these beautiful boxes are sure to make a statement.

    Our range of quality storage boxes come in various sizes and shapes to provide with a choice of selecting one that suits best your need and purpose. With its timeless design and versatile functionality, the wood jewellery box combines elegance with practicality. Whether used to store rings, earrings, or delicate chains, our boxes will keep your precious treasures safe and well-protected. Whether shopping for a girlfriend, a Galentine, your mum, or yourself, one of our handcrafted box is the way to go!

    About Indian Woodcraft & Artisans

    History of Wood

    Since centuries, wood has provided fire, shelter, tools, and supported so many inventions e.g. the wheel. Woodcraft in India is dated back to the ancient times of Maharajas. Initially, the art was limited to carving sculptures and windows of temples and palaces. Over many generations and under the influence of its region's culture and locally available wood the art form has evolved and now extends to articles like furniture, decorative pieces, storage boxes, table lamps, toys and puppets.

    What is Softwood and Hardwood?

    Wood can belong to either of the two categories - softwood or hardwood. Technically, softwood comes from the botanical group Gymnospermae and hardwood comes from the botanical group Angiospermae.

    Most softwood are evergreen, have no flowers and develop their seeds in cones (coniferous). They are usually fast growing. This makes them the most widely used woods commercially. Indian Sandalwood is an excellent example of softwood. It has a fragrant resin, thus is highly sought after for making religious images.

    Hardwood are usually slower growing than softwoods. They have dense wood lending itself to greater structural integrity than softwood (durability), and is less prone to insect damage. A few examples are walnut, mahogany, balsa, oak, chestnut, elm, teak and sycamore.

    About Artisan's Craft

    India has an abundance of native wood that lends well to the carving and inlay work. Some examples are Ebony, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sheesham, and Sal.

    The diversity of each region's style and carving technique reflects in the motifs, and patterns on each carved article. The geometrical and floral patterns are the most popular. When an object is carved from a single block, it is believed that the spiritual energy inherent in the tree remains more concentrated. 

    To produce a beautiful carving from a block of wood requires sharp tools, suitable timber, and planning. Once cut, the wood can not be reattached and thus the artisan has to be careful while shaping his pattern. Finest carding is possible on hardwood due to its ability to split less, and wide range of colours. 

    What are different wood carving techniques?

    There are quite a few carving techniques, some of which are mentioned below.

    • Sawn technique - marking of design on a flat piece of wood, and then cutting using a saw.
    • Incising and stamping - Scratching wood, making grooves, stamping
    • Chip carving - repetitive patterns cut on one chip at a time.
    • Flat-pattern carving - think of the carving required to make wooden stamps or printing blocks that are used for dyeing cloths.
    • Relief carving - technique to create a three-dimensional effect on a flat surface by cutting back the background and rounding the projecting objects.

    Pic: Relief carving used on an Architectural Ensemble from a Jain Meeting Hall

    • Intaglio carving - the opposite of relief carving; think of this as moulding.
    • Turning - Spinning wood against a tool. This technique has been used to make our nested dolls.

    Pic: Nested dolls in a park setting

    • Bending technique -  for forming curved surfaces
    • Joinery - Joints can either fit against each other, across each other or into each other. They can be used to connect lengthwise or at an angle.

    What are different wood decoration techniques?

    Once our artisan has craved the product, they can employ a range of decorating and finishing techniques to create the final product. Example of such decorations are paintwork, inlay (insetting shapes into cuts made in the wood), banding, and marquetry (pieces are glued to the surface of a piece of wood). 

    Pic: example of inlay set in Tic Tac Toe Game Set 

    Conclusion

    In many regions, woodcraft production is vital for community livelihoods. By participating with Fair Trade organisations, we contribute to alleviating poverty and promoting sustainability through ethical practices. These organisations aim to educate and empower disadvantaged sections of the Indian community by providing them with job opportunities, gender equality, fair wages, safe and healthy working environment while preserving the local culture & traditional skills.

     

    Book Reference:

    Wood - the world of woodwork and carving