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Wooden Kitchenware - Garbi (Multipurpose - Masher / Khakhra Roaster, Datoo )

Hi, I'm Garbi – a versatile and vibrant kitchen utensil designed to add a touch of fun and culture to your culinary adventures. My primary role is to transform your leftover rotis into crispy, delicious Khakhras, but my talents don't stop there. I can also effortlessly mash or crush boiled potatoes, peas, and more. I do all this while spinning gracefully like doing Garba. Inspired by a Garba-loving Gujju girl, my anthropomorphic form brings a burst of color and joy to your kitchen. My ergonomic design ensures that using me reduces stress on your hand, making your cooking experience both enjoyable and efficient. When not in use, I double as a piece of decor or a fun plaything for your kids. (Size - 10 - 10.5cm length, 85-9cm width | 350gm. ) Inside the Box - One Garbi, a Potli, an Introduction Card

  • Rs.779

Availability: 12

Product Code: 1611- TDA0007

Made/ Mkt. By: Totem Studio

Box- L.W.H | Wgt:30 x 30 x 30cm | 1200g

The beautiful town of Channapatna is located in Karnataka, around 60km from its capital Bengaluru. On the way from Bengaluru to Channapatna, from the highway, you could also see rocky hills where scenes of the movie 'sholey' were shot. The craft of turned wood lac-ware toys is around 200 years old and was introduced in this region during the reign of Tipu Sultan. 


Wood - Traditionally, the most commonly used wood in this process is locally available 'Aale Mara' (Wrightia tinctoria or Ivory Wood). Lac - Lac is a natural and non-toxic resin, derived from the secretion from a tiny insect called 'Laccifer Lacca'. It is approved as a food-grade finish

Machines and Tools

I. Lath Machine.

II. Files and chisels to create different curves, shapes and sizes during turning process.

III. Angle and size measurement tools - Scale, compass, vernier calipers, etc.

1. Curing

After wood is purchased, its cured in natural environment for around a month. The bigger chunks of wood used for containers are hollowed out from inside to speed up the process.

2. Creating a Rainbow

Natural dyes consisting of kumkum, turmeric and indigo are mixed in specific proportions to get tints of VIBGYOR. The number of colour that can be created are limited to the properties of these three natural dyes. For brown colour, Katha (Catechu) is used.

3. Going round and round

A log of wood is turned on lath machine and carved into desired shape and size with the use of tools. This traditional technique of creating circular forms out of a wooden log requires control over tools and hands along with visual perception and intuition. 

4. And a little bit of friction

A stick of coloured lacquer is rubbed against the revolving wooden form. Lacquer transfers to the wood due to friction and heat produced by it. The coating is then finished with dried palm leaves. Oil secreting from the palm leaf mixes with the lacquer, giving it a smooth, shiny finish.

The most important tools are an artisan`s hands and eyes. Even watching an artisan at work is like meditation. It provides immense peace and satisfaction, an experience that is difficult to describe.

Made by Artisans with Totem Studio
Village Channapatna
Returns and Exchange
Note The products in this category cannot be returned or exchanged.
Made of Rose wood, Wood stain, Non Toxic water-based Varnish
About Sizes 10 - 10.5cm length, 85-9cm width | 350gm.
Care To clean the product, wipe with damp cotton cloth and immediately clean with dry one. Do not wash with water and detergent. Apply coconut/mustard/linseed oil once a month to keep the finish intact.
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