GlobeIn Artisan Box Review August 2017 – Accent

GlobeIn Artisan Box is a monthly subscription box featuring favorite products from global artisans. Each box is curated around a monthly theme selected by the editor with the aim of helping you experience new and interesting products and cultures. They kindly sent us this box for review. 

Subscription Update

It appears as though GlobeIn has made some changes to the Artisan Box so I figured we should go over the details:

The Artisan Box is now The Artisan Box Club!

All of their subscriptions will now fall under one name; The Artisan Box Club. There are 4 Club membership levels:

  • Premium: A monthly curated collection of premium products, starting from $33
  • Deluxe: A smaller monthly curated collection, starting from $25
  • Essential: A single monthly curated product, starting from $10
  • Starter: Choose your own products, starting from $10

I received The Accent Box prior to being notified of the changes so I believe it still falls under the old subscription structure. Here’s a closer look…..

The Accent Box

The items in this kit are small, yet speak volumes. Wrought with ancient technique from elemental materials.

At first glance I love what I am seeing. Home decor items rarely make an appearance in subscription boxes, so when they show up, I do a little happy dance.

Wood & Bone Box (India)

Consider an animal that has died naturally. What becomes of its incredible horns? In Sambhal, artisans have been carving and transforming this valuable waste material into beautiful, intricate objects for generations.

During the days of British rule, horn hair combs were all the rage. Post-independence, the carving industry has grown and diversified. With a decreased horn supply, artisans now work with animal bone. And, they make much more than just hair combs.

Rehemat, 22, is one of the artisans responsible for crafting your new box. Cladding, to be precise. She encases 50 boxes per day with smoothed bone shards. Rehemat uses her income to pay for her parents’ medical expenses, as well as to save for her own wedding.

Suggested use: Fill with candy, photos, playing cards, your haphazard coin collection, or some other treasure…

I love handmade wooden items. And I love the color combination they used for this one. I keep my home decorating to a minimum but I do like to have a handful of really beautiful items. This box will be one of the few items I put on display…….because it’s that beautiful.

Wood & Bone Coasters (India)

The carving of horn and bone is not the only craft with a long lineage in India. The wood of your new coasters also stands atop a vast lineage of woodworking. In fact, archeologists have found remains of carved wooden pieces in India dating back to the 3rd century!

Generations ago, Kashmiri carvers and carpenters migrated south in search of work. They set up shop in Saharanpur and a community of woodworkers has thrived there ever since.

To get a sense of Saharanpur, picture narrow alleys winding toward busy workshops where artisans saw, sand, and cut their wood into myriad shapes. Look up and you’ll see them, sitting on terraces, chatting away as they casually continue this most ancient of Indian trades.

Suggested use: Why keep these gems in a drawer? When not in use, stack atop your coffee table as decor.

Coasters always end up hiding in my drawers and rarely get put to use. These ones are so beautiful that I will have to find a regular use for them so they can be on display 24/7.

Hexagonal Wooden Tray (India)

Many of the artisans working in the bustling workshops of Saharanpur come from families of woodcarvers. The workshops themselves have been passed down from grandfathers. And while these grandfathers once fashioned large, elaborate centerpieces that served as signs of wealth and power for their owners, today’s artisans work on a smaller yet equally ornate scale. Hence, your new tray.

Although woodworking was once taught in schools, these days the trade is primarily passed down. Mohammad Ayub has been a carver for over 20 years, and learned simply from a man who lived in his neighborhood.

Mohammad’s workshop is thriving, employing anywhere from 50-200 artisans as the work comes in. What’s more, these artisans get paid more per day than Mohammad did per month when he started!

Suggested use: Contain keys, phone, and/or wallet while at home. Or, place your candle holder on your tray and let the wood and bone complement each other.

I really like the idea of pairing this item with the candle holder, but I also like the idea of using it as a key holder.

Tea Light Holder (India)

In the same way that past artisans of Sambhal once carved the horns of fallen animals into elegant treasures, today’s artisans carve the bones of animals that have been slaughtered for their meat.The making of your new candle holder was an intricate process indeed. Ample skill is required to saw, file, and set all the tiny pieces into their exquisite final place.

With fewer youths interested in this ancient work, many bone artisans are now over 60. Yet Ruksar, along with her sister Rehemat, are examples of two young women carrying the work forward. Like Rehemat, Ruksar works in cladding, and is using her income to pay for her parents’ medical expenses, as well as to save for marriage.

Suggested use: Accent bedroom, bathroom or living room. Ideally, place in the vicinity of your other bone objects to get the full effect of their unique style.

My problem with this item is I’m not sure I will be able to use it as a candle holder. I won’t want to ruin it’s beauty with candle wax. But then again, if I use actual tea lights that come in a metal holder I should be fine…….shouldn’t I?

GlobeIn Artisan Box Review August 2017 – Accent

I just can’t get over how gorgeous these items are. I am in love with the white/grey color combination, but that’s probably because my entire home is decorated in white and grey. I find it to be a very classic, soothing color combination. I also really love the design and the style of each item. Every single piece is beautiful and deserves to be on display. I have a feeling I will end up getting rid of a couple decor items I currently have and replace them with these beautiful treasures. GlobeIn did an absolutely wonderful job with the August box. I’m tempted to say this is one of my favourite boxes thus far.

XOXO

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