A N E Y E F O R D E TA I L A note on the beautiful custom work at Vana LINEN S Vana, Malsi Estate is one of the few properties globally to use GOTS-certified organic cotton linen. All of the linen in guest rooms and all wellness spaces is organic and made especially for Vana. “Grown by a farmer’s cooperative in India, our linen comes with very little negative karma,” explains Singh. “Perhaps this is one of the reasons most of our guests tend to intensely catch up on sleep in the first few days at Vana.”
CERA M IC S Artist Siraj Saxena created the inspiring ceramic artworks in several locations throughout the retreat. He has also developed all of Vana’s crockery to work with its unique cuisine and philosophy. These ceramics add a quality of softness and humility to the high ceilings and vastness of Vana’s dining spaces.
RO B E S , S ARON G S & RETREAT ATTIRE Designers Abraham & Thakore designed the exclusive robes and sarongs at Vana, as well as an A&T line for men and women, using beautiful natural fabrics. The boutique showcases a variety of these exclusively crafted garments that are minimalistic yet sophisticated. Designed by Spanish fashion house Cortana, Vana’s retreat attire, available in-room for guest use, is produced by A&T, using organic cotton grown by Singh’s friends in south India. ART W OR K Siraj has produced almost 500 bespoke pieces of art for Vana over the last five years. Across mediums ranging from oil on canvas, oil on paper, glass, mirror, ceramic, wire mesh, fabric and scrap metal. Collaborating with friends and junior artists, Siraj’s art forms an integral part of Vana’s aesthetic, explains Singh. V ANAV E D A As part of its commitment to wellbeing, nature and ecology, Vana developed Vanaveda, its own range of products using the purest ingredients and traditional Ayurvedic wisdom. The range of skin, body and hair products are specified for three different body types called doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. The line brings together the goodness and benefits of the best herbs and oils, organic whenever possible, and may be found in all rooms and wellness spaces and for purchase at dukān, the retreat’s boutique. Vanaveda includes products for skin and scalp, massage oils, pure Indian essential oils and soy wax candles.
KER & DOWNEY
Published on Jul 25, 2014
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