Our AYASA Colour storage jars are hardwearing, multi-purpose jars made out of aluminium. In India, aluminium is widely used for storage but also for cooking. These low-maintenance jars are perfect for kitchen storage (all our aluminium is of food-grade quality.) They are great to use in the bathroom for toothbrushes, and as pen-holders or plant-pots. They come in two sizes with a metal lid and are powder-coated.
Once we had designed these jars, we struggled to find a craftsperson capable of doing the metal spinning by hand. Traditional methods aren’t being practiced widely anymore and many machines are now CNC-operated. We searched extensively and eventually found Venkatesh Chinappa, a man with over 25 years’ experience spinning metal on a manual machine.
Venkatesh now makes all of Tiipoi’s brass, copper and aluminium spun products in our Bangalore workshop and works closely with an engineer who reads the drawings. Though metal spinning is thought of as an industrial manufacturing process because a machine is involved, it is in reality a highly-specialized manual process that is akin to any skilled handcraft. You can see a video of him making a jar here.