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River grass storage baskets and boxes. Makes holding even the most mundane of objects, a very ethnic task. This one is native to North Karnataka and uses Sharavati River grass and dried palm leaves from the adjoining forests. Most regions in India use florii within plucking distance to craft dainty-looking, but superwoman-strong, holdalls. And like …

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Padheyam or the famed banana-leaf packed lunch keeps food fresh just till lunchtime. As the rice is packed when it’s steaming hot, the banana leaf gives the rice a lovely, earthy flavour. Padheyam exists as Lamprais in Sri Lanka and slinks around other South East Asian countries under a variety of other exotic names.