Most of us know how beautiful the Northeast is. A lot of us have experienced the picturesque and pristine beauty and the rich culture of the eight states first hand. Those of you who haven't, check out NEst by Arpit Agarwal - a Guwahati-based stationary and lifestyle brand that uses local resources and cultural symbols of the Northeast in an attempt to give a glimpse of the region to the rest of India and the world.
The brand offers an amazing and one-of-a-kind collection of notebooks, journals and lifestyle products, inspired by the symbols, cultures and crafts of this unexplored paradise. Arpit Agarwal, the man behind NEst, wants to capture and explore the rich heritage of the Northeast, its diverse wildlife, flora, fauna and its colorful people and portray all these elements in his creations.
You'll find representation of several cultural symbols and themes like the Bihu dance form from Assam, Naga head gear and spears, bhut jolakia, pineapples famous in Meghalaya, tribal culture, butterflies, rural life, orchids, wildlife and lots more. Besides notebooks, they have tote bags, coasters, coffee mugs, utility pouches, decorative plates and frames, art prints, desk calendars and bookmarks that depict various symbols like Assam's tea gardens, popular mounments and tourist attractions, village life, the famous pineapples of Meghalaya, orchids and Cham - the traditional dance of Sikkim among others..
Watch out for their unique notebook collection. We're drooling over the handmade notebooks that have Bhupen Hazarika's silhouette picture on them along with the lyrics of a couple of his songs. Also check out the notebooks depicting the masks made in Assam's Majuli Island and Manipur's Loktak Lake - fresh water lake in Northeast India and the world's only floating national park. They're stunning.