The Making of our Hand Painted Baubles
Our papier-mâché baubles are handcrafted by artisans who live in the Himalayan valleys of northern India. They are supported by Fair Trade cooperative Sasha, which TOAST has worked with for over ten years.
To create the papier-mâché, newspaper is torn into small pieces, submerged in water and pummelled using a pestle and mortar to create a pliable pulp. It is then pressed into clay moulds, which are cut off to reveal the rounded form. Our mini baubles are formed by rolling the pulped newspaper by hand into the smaller round shape, rather than placing it in a mould.
Once the baubles are dried, the artisans hand-paint them with intricate patterns, designed by TOAST. After the patterns have been applied, the baubles are varnished for a long-lasting sheen, then tassels are added to the ends of the hanging loops by hand.
“This is a centuries-old method, traditional to the area,” Judith Harris, our Head of House&Home says. “I love that through pattern, we can create a contemporary update while helping to retain these masterful techniques.”