With such a long, rich history, it’s no surprise that India has provided some of the world’s most beautiful treasures. From the ancient practice of yoga, to the lush patterning and embellishments of the traditional sari, to endlessly entertaining productions straight out of Bollywood, Indian culture leaves nothing to be desired by way of sheer gorgeousness.
For a taste of this inimitable beauty, stop by Aina - NYC, Bryant Park’s own little outpost for all things shimmery, colorful, and uniquely Indian. Sisters Pemba Lama and Dawa Lama Gauchan, who grew up marveling the art and culture of nearby India from their home in Kathmandu, Nepal, curate a wide array of high-quality, one-of-a-kind gifts. From the Kantha line of patchwork purses and clutches made from recycled fabric scraps to intricately hand-painted coaster sets and stately hand-carved chess sets, Aina’s collection consists entirely of works created by skilled Indian craftspeople in exchange for fair trade level wages and incomes.
So spice up your world with hints of India’s heritage, and help the Lama sisters give back to a nation that’s shared with us thousands of years of beauty.