While travelling through Asia in the early nineties we met a talented man, who had a beautiful wooden pig for sale, handcarved from a tree he had grown himself. We bought the pig and several other pieces and took them home as gifts for friends and family. The gifts were so well received and demand for them so great, we decided to start our own business introducing these beautiful handmade goods to the UK, and East of India was born. A small range of products was developed and with some financial help from the Prince’s Trust, our first consignment was brought to the UK and distributed to local shops, some of whom are still our customers today.
Today all our products are designed with love and care at our studio in Folkestone and we still work closely with those original artisans. They now employ numerous other family members and friends to satisfy demand. With the support of our diverse customer base, which includes multiple retailers, mail order companies and small independent retailers, these artisans are still able to work together as family groups and earn a living using traditional skills passed down through the generations. Their skills give East of India products a distinctive, unique quality and we now have customers all over the UK, Europe and beyond.
The East of India team in Folkestone has also grown and evolved. Many of our staff have been with us since the early days and they respond with energy and enthusiasm to the ever changing requirements of a small business.