Lathi

Stone-cut and finished by hand, Lathi (stick in Hindi) is a simple lifestyle product inspired by traditional Indian dining practice of serving a pinch of salt, lemon, chilies, and chutneys on the plates (or banana leaves) before putting food. Lathi is a handmade organic serving tray made of dry Amaltas fruit. The challenge was to collect only naturally existing materials and use them as tools as well as raw material to come up with a product. Amaltas (Cassia fistula),

known as the golden rain/ shower tree, is native to the Indian subcontinent. Its fruit has a linear, cylindrical form and is made of a hard brittle woody material. It has multiple thin-walled partitions under the hard shell that create natural compartments. The fruit was dried, washed and cleaned. The hard shell was broken with pebbles while the edges were polished using sharp stones.
 

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