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Shastra Home Is Now Open in the Design District

Shastra Home Is Now Open in the Design District
Photos by Catherine Downes

The Design District welcomed its latest decor store, Shastra Home, a few weeks ago. The mid-sized boutique specializes in fair-trade artisan goods created in India.

"India has so much to offer. It's like a creative person's heaven. For your senses, I don't think it can get any better than India," owner Anu Agarwal explains. "Traditional forms of making products are fading away. It's now fast, disposable and cheap. ... Everything [at Shastra Home] is handmade and environmentally conscious." Agarwal, who's originally from Kolkata, has been selling wholesale items online under the Sastra brand since 2000. "It was a scaled-down operation, and online only. Items would be shipped directly to the consumer from India."

The storefront, which plays into Agarwal's environmentally conscious concept (it's made out of re-purposed materials), offers everything from incenses and linens to brass kitchenware and clothing. Prices range from $10 (for small home decor items) to $250 for saris and a few select jewelry pieces. A percentage of all sales goes to The Living Dream Foundation, a nonprofit organization benefiting artisans in developing countries.

Anu Agarwal
Anu Agarwal
Shastra Home Is Now Open in the Design District

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