Motherland stocks handicrafts and textiles from the East and South, and has a menu that’s so pocket friendly, you can have a meal for two within INR 300!
Pick Up Jewelry & Clothes, And Have The Best Dabelis & Pizza Toast At This Cosy Cafe And Store
What Makes It Awesome
Motherland is a cosy place located in an old house tucked away in the lanes near Charuchandra college on Lake Place Road — look out for the striking green door and windows (on the left just before the college). The store stocks carefully chosen handicrafts and clothing sourced from Bengal and parts of South India.
The tastefully done interiors stocks a whole lot of stuff you could pick up for your home, for your wardrobe or as gifts for someone special. Look out for the colourful puppets which double as towel hangers.
If you have been looking for sarees that stand out, they have a handpicked range of cotton and silks along with blouses. Also check out the stoles — especially the soft Bengal cottons with funky embroidery. Their jewellery range has a lot of variety — from handprinted neck pieces to silver and soapstone earrings. Many of the stuff here will make for great gifts. We found cane bottle holders and cute little batuas made out of gaamchha.
They also stock organic spices and honey from The Last Forest, a brand based out of Kotagiri and Coonoor. The honey, sourced from the Nilgiris, comes in a gorgeous, cyclindrical packaging with interesting art.
After the shopping, plonk down at the cosy cafe at the back (small but done up so that you don’t feel cramped). The ledges have books for you to read, one of the tables is made from a single door plank, the walls have interesting framed crafts items like an intricate, wooden comb and a patch of antique zardozi-style silk textile. And the food is easy on your pocket — sandwiches, garlic babycorn fry, pizza bread toast, dabeli and dal vadas. Wash it all down with a glass of tamarind-based drink or tea and filter coffee (though it didn’t quite have a kick of a filter kapi).
What Could Be Better
Been looking for diaries and notepads to gift or for yourself? Pick up a cloth-bound notepads in handmade paper and funky bright ones from Mug Aur Mooch with needlework dogs on the cover.