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This is Tikau

Design for development

Tikau is a Finnish company, which combines Scandinavian design and Indian handicraft traditions with the vision of employing and empowering the artisans of rural India. The word Tikau comes from Hindi and stands for sustainable and durable.

The collection consists of handmade home décor and clothing accessories for everyday wear. Our luxurious materials are hand processed and designed to be sustainable in terms of the environment, quality and aesthetics. Ecological considerations are at the root of our designs: local environmentally-friendly raw materials include bamboo, organic cotton, non-dyed wool, banana fiber, cashmere and recycled sari fabrics. Most of our products are non-dyed or use natural dyes and the use of hand-made processes minimizes energy consumption.

Taking a uniquely long-term, personal and human approach, Tikau collaborates directly with its 120 artisans in their home villages in India, combining Scandinavian design skills and traditional craftsmanship. As each Tikau item is hand-made, each product expresses the unique and individual signature of the artisan who has made it.

Tikau works in close collaboration with the charity based NGO Tikau Share. Sustainability, human dignity and global solidarity are at the heart of the Tikau identity.

What does Tikau stand for?
'Tikau' is a Hindi word meaning long lasting, durable and sustainable. Tikau is a label based on a philosophy of inclusion, presenting a wide range of handmade Indian products under its name.

The products carrying the Tikau logo are all made by the so called small producers: single artisans, artisan communities or NGOs.

Tikau brand communicates that the item has a "known origin" and that the item is unique. Tikau label also tells about the social and environmental aspects: The collaboration partners approve Tikau's principles; the producers follow the terms of fair trading and are committed to continuously reducing impacts on the environment.

The brand stands for product sustainability - in terms of quality, environmental impact and design.

Where can one find Tikau products?
Tikau products are available at:

Tikau shop in Helsinki, at Vuorimiehenkatu 10. In the shop the items are divided into 2 categories.
1.) The regular Tikau collection
2.) We have products marked with a "hand picked" tag. The items with this tag are selected by Tikau and bought directly from the artisan or artisan community or NGO.

Tikau products can be bought from some selected home and interior design shops in Scandinavia. For more information, please email us at info@tikau.com.

Tikau products can be also ordered from our website: www.tikau.com.

Tikau collection and design
The Tikau collection includes handmade accessories for your everyday wear and for your home. Natural materials such as uncolored wool, organic cotton, silk, water reed and banana fiber form the core of most Tikau products. In addition, some of the items are made from recycled materials.

The collection aims not to be fashionable, but to be esthetically sustainable, classical and long lasting. The collection is divided into two seasons: summer and winter collections, but the core of each collection remains the same throughout the year.

Tikau works together with the artisans and small scale producers in rural India. Locality and sustainability is the starting point in Tikau's product design process: the local skills and raw materials provide the framework for product development. The items in each collection are all handmade and developed in collaboration with the artisans, NGOs and other collaboration partners. The founder of the company, Taina Snellman, is the head of design and works in collaboration with the artisans and other partners, combining Indian traditions with Scandinavian aesthetics. In addition, some designs, which are traditional or designed by the artisans themselves are also selected for the collection.