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New age lotus eaters

Tea? And some cake and scones to go with it? Then you delicately pour out the tea from a dainty porcelain pot as you scoop off a tea cake from the cake stand.

If your afternoons are as English as this, you will surely love Nishita Thakurdas’ designs.

Her eponymous label Nishita Fine Dinnerware has launched its latest collection of luxury fine porcelain tableware titled ‘Spring in Udaipur’. The entire collection is dominated by shades of Celedon, a muted minty-jade green and many-layered and petalled lotuses in artistic interpretations.

So how does a Bengaluru designer, Udaipur’s lotuses and dinnerware or teaware tie up, you ask? “I was on vacation in Udaipur last year and just found it all so stunning — palaces, surrounded by lakes filled with lotuses. So I decided I must bring the romance of Udaipur to the table and add a regal air to any dining space,” says Nishita. She says she chose the colour in particular because “it has never before been used in Indian crockery design.” “The lotus in this collection is depicted as asymmetrical, in a natural flow as opposed to rigid and static depictions of this beloved flower,” she elaborates. With the growing trend in weekend entertaining and relaxed tea evenings, the idea for a separate teaware line came into play, she adds.

Nishita studied at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology and for three years at Wigan Leigh Design College. A six-month course in London to specialise in typography and art helped her round off her skills; she also paints as a hobby.

She started her brand in 2014, and has already released five collections — The Mughal Garden, Banaras, The Lotus at Fatehpur, Jodhpur Evenings, and Indira. All are limited edition collections.

It is all fine porcelain, has no animal bone ash and is tested and deemed food safe, assures Nishita. She also plates her designs with hints of 24K gold to give it an ornate and rich feel. “It is just in time for Diwali,” she insists. The collection consists dinner plates, small bowls, serving bowls, platters, appetiser plates, napkin rings. While she sells separates too, her dinnerware sets of 27 pieces start at ₹30,000. Tea sets, cake stands, and individual coffee mugs for gifting and newer additions in this collection. Coffee mugs, gold plated, come at ₹750 a piece.

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