MyMela is a company that lets people across the globe check out and buy the wares of craftspeople from India. At its heart, it is an organization that helps local and indigenous artisans sell their wares to a wider group of people. There is some truth to movies like Slumdog Millionaire: there is a wide gap between India’s rich and poor. MyMela is trying to do something about that gap by empowering the underprivileged to improve their quality of life through their own handiwork. By providing interest-free loans for master artisans, and by showcasing their handiwork, My Mela is an inspiring, sincere, and compassionate company. The company takes their social responsibilities to heart.
According to the website, “Mela” is the hindu word for country fair or festival, so finding wood carvings, bracelets, handbags, rugs, or tablecloths on the MyMela website is like going to the Scituate Art Festival or the Wickford Art Festival in RI…that is, without the rain or heat, the crowds and bugs and bees, and the parking-miles-away-because-you-could-not-make-it-with-a-baby-before-11-AM. If anyone has gone, you know what I’m talking about (the art festival in old town Alexandria, VA, was the same way).
So that I could write this review, MyMela sent me a pair of beautifully carved book forest bookends. My plan was to let T.J. use them on his desk at work, but now that they’re cozying up to some of my favorite children’s stories, I think I’ll keep them for myself. The leaves are carved to the finest detail, the pieces are well-built, and the mahogany color makes it a great accent piece. Knowing that they came from good hands, and a good company, make them even more special. If I could just get my husband’s books out of here…
These handsome bookends carved from sheesham wood add elegance to any bookshelf. Intricately worked in the traditional ‘jali’ style, their graceful tree design is a fitting way to display your favorite volumes.
Approx. Size: 6.7″L x 4.0″W x 6.8″H
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.