Further down the line of exhibits, EarthSmiles.net found a Saree lover’s heaven. Sitting pretty in an olive green saree, Suchismita Dasgupta spoke about her clothing line - Nextiles. Made of noile, i.e. the waste from silk yards, the vibrant drapes range between INR 2,500 to 7,000. Speaking of fashion during Durga Puja Suchismita said, “I believe Puja is not quite the time to experiment. So I would prefer to stick to traditional colours such as red and white, yellows, oranges and pinks.”
Displaying a wide range of natural oils, hair care products, air fresheners, and lip and heel balms was Kamuuda. Started by bio technologist Bijoyaditya Mukherjee, Kamuuda is run by a husband-wife duo. Kamuuda aims at going absolutely artificial free and offers natural cold processed handcrafted soaps. A Puja exclusive at their store was the Shiuli soap. With a bee wax coating, the soap is made of Shiuli flower that blooms only during Durga Puja. Apart from the designer attires and lifestyle products, the Green Puja Bazaar showcased a wide array of home decors and handicrafts from various corners of West Bengal.
Both Banglanatok Dot Com and Artisana CCWB (Crafts Council West Bengal) displayed the lost arts of the state. From Chaau masks to Pot chitro and pottery items the stalls had the perfect set of home decors.
Poulomi Chatterjee of Artisana expressed her concern for the dying arts of Bengal. “Supporting the artisans and potters and also creating awareness, so that more people get to know about the wonderful arts of Bengal is our aim,” she said. Adding to the style quotient was La Mode Salon. An organic salon that helps you relax with a foot or body massage, without harming the environment. Just the place to be for a pre puja touch up, right, planet lovers?
But the star of the green bazaar was a Bong favourite. Yes, Misti! But no ordinary sweet, it was EDN’s 100% organic ladoos. “We are aiming at planting the idea of organic misti at various sweet shops. Just like diabetic sweets became a hit, we are hoping organic misti will also work wonders,” said Karuna Singh, country director, EDN.