Who doesn’t love home decor and handicrafts? I know that we all do! But when it comes to shopping for rustic home decor items in India, the options available online are often limited. Moreover, shopping from a new website comes with its own set of concerns regarding the quality of products and the delivery timelines. But when iTokri invited me to experience their website that retails handcrafted items made by Indian artisans, I was intrigued. So, here is a detailed account of my first home decor shopping experience on iTokri with all the details that you may need.
iTokri is a community website that celebrates the art forms and artisans of India. It is an online marketplace where you can find rustic handcrafted home decor items, jewellery, clothes, and fabrics created by craftsmen across the country. iTokri offers a platform to the hidden artisans of our villages and small towns and features their products alongside the artists from the cities. Hence, it is a one-stop destination for all the lovers of handicrafts who wish to support our local artisans and bring a piece of rustic India to their homes.
The Online Shopping Experience With iTokri
Shopping from a new website can often be a harrowing experience. But I am happy to report that iTokri offers a seamless online shopping experience with a fast-loading and well-organized website. The products are divided into various categories and the search bar offers further convenience to find the item you need. Some of the product categories offered by iTokri include fabrics, sarees, homeware, stationery, and folk art paintings. Each product page contains an in-depth description of the item with all the details you may need. This includes the size, shape, estimated shipping time, care instructions and return policy for the product.
Moreover, iTokri also highlights the story behind the making of the product, showcasing the brand or artisan who deftly created it. Honestly, this is the next best thing to visiting the bylanes of our villages and exploring the rural crafts stores in person. Hence, iTokri allows us to experience the magic of Indian craftsmanship from the comfort and safety of our homes, given the ongoing pandemic.
P.S. – They ship worldwide too!
My iTokri Haul And Delivery Experience
While browsing through the iTokri website, I was drawn to all the blue pottery items because of how colourful and vibrant they looked. Plus, authentic blue pottery is hard to find where I live, and iTokri made it so accessible for me. Everything was reasonably priced too. So, I purchased a beautiful blue pottery bowl, a set of 6 ceramic coasters, and a neem and ceramic drawer to store my knick-knacks. There were various payment options, and delivery was guaranteed within 5 days for these products. Once I placed my order, I received a confirmation email within minutes and it was a hassle-free shopping experience for me.
As for the delivery, all the items were shipped together with prompt notifications from the brand at each step of the journey. The products reached me within 5 days in a sturdy and secure box that was stuffed with newspaper to cushion the breakable ceramic items. Full marks to iTokri for packaging the products so well and ensuring that nothing gets damaged in transit. I must also mention the complimentary note pad made with seed paper, which is so handy for jotting down lists and can be planted in the ground later. iTokri truly believes in sustainability and it shows in their packaging too!
In terms of product quality, all the three items were true to their description on the iTokri website and the product pictures put up by the brand truly depict the actual products I received. The blue coasters with the velvet paper cushioning are excellent for using with your glasses or as home decor. The vibrantly hued neem and ceramic drawer is sturdy, and can be used for storing small jewellery, knick-knacks, or even as temple decor. Last but not the least, the blue and yellow bowl is the perfect centre piece for any coffee table. You can use it for storing your keys and knick-knacks or as a fruit bowl too. The best part about these home decor items from iTokri is that they are so versatile and multi-functional. This is why I am sure that I will never get bored of them!
My Final Verdict
Overall, I am super impressed with iTokri. Their brand ethos, website, customer service and initiative, everything is commendable. Living in a concrete jungle, we often crave to support our rural artisans but are unable to find the appropriate channel. iTokri is just that and much more, with a spirit to truly revive and protect the craftsmanship and creativity that has been an integral part of our diverse culture. So, if you are looking for a website that sells authentic handcrafted home decor, kitchenware and clothing, look no further than iTokri!
This post is in collaboration with iTokri, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.