wedding gift guide : l'aviva home
The world around me fades to a hush when I'm browsing l'aviva home, a website self-described as "a series of curated online trunk shows."
Almost anything on the site would make for an original and elegant wedding gift, but I've selected a few of my favorite pieces from their current collections. l'aviva home sources from great artisans around the world and has recently introduced a dowry collection -- all items are beautiful, traditional wedding gifts from different cultures. Like each section of their site (dowry, objects and textiles), there is a short list of items, all carefully selected, deeply artistic, and steeped in tradition and craft.
Two Zulu Wedding Baskets are pictured above. According to tradition, the baskets are woven by the bride-to-be or presented to the couple as a gift. They hold the ceremonial beer during the wedding. Each of the different patterns carries a particular significance and the weaver spends weeks or months on a single basket. Prices range from $300+.
My selections from the top (after the Zulu baskets):
Lace Wirework Platters made from telephone wire in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa -- a traditional gift for the bride from her new in-laws to bring warmth and dignity to her home. $185
Bolivian Rosewood Vase and Bowls made from stumps and stray branches. $95, $145.
Kantha Pillows handmade in West Bengal with fabrics made of vintage saris. $145
Turkish Hammam Towels made of 100% Turkish cotton for traditional use in the Turkish baths. $50