A method of cloth painting exclusively practised in the Kutch region of Gujarat, 400-year-old rogan art gets its name from castor oil–the main ingredient of the paint it requires
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Goa is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in India. Over the years, as the footfall of tourists increased in the state, many local businesses turned up that celebrate Goa's local essence and history. The next time you are in Goa, head to these five local businesses to support the local economy.
This initiative by Varun Hegde and Kedar Borkar curates walks across Goa. You can choose from many options depending on your interests, be it art, architecture, or local cuisine. Being a part of the walk can help you understand Indo-Portuguese heritage and its customs and practices.
Goa was known to foreign traders in ancient times as 'Kuva'. With coconut oil and kokum butter as the base of their most earth-friendly and zero-waste skincare products, this store was started by Ayesha Madgavkar. When you are there, do try the store's deodorant balms.
A brainchild of nature-lovers Pooja Rani and Bipin Bhosale, Khoj-aao is a play on words that means 'to be lost'. Via this initiative, you can go on morning walks and overnight camping. It highlights the minute details of Goa's flora and fauna, encouraging travellers to understand and appreciate the biodiversity of the region.
This store by Jasmine Jagada and Nivedita Magar primarily showcases plant-based, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified products), and minimally processed products. It sells organic grains, fresh bread, vegan spreads, local cheese, eggs, and personal care and lifestyle products.
Okapi Vegan Kitchen
Founded by Aarti Sinha, Okapi is a reflection of Sinha's journey to turning vegan. In addition to offering vegan food, Sinha creates daily home delivery and takeaway menus with her business partner. Be it chocolate cakes, strawberry tarts, smoothie jars, or puddings–there is something for everyone on Sinha's menu.
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