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“Beautiful, welcoming and humbling - NOT TO BE MISSED”
Review of Aranya Naturals

Aranya Naturals
Reviewed September 3, 2013

We walked to Aranya Naturals from the Tea Museum in Munnar. Very pleasant walk amongst the tea plantations. We were welcomed by Victoria, an amazing lady who started the entire project in order to help the differently abled children of tea pluckers who would not be able to help on the plantations. She showed us around and explained the different processes used. Victoria is a mine of knowledge about textile and has travelled the world extensively to learn more about it. She now passes her knowledge to the people who work at Aranya. The products they make are beautiful and you can buy some in the little shop (no hard selling, no pressure at all). The working conditions were excellent, lots of light, lots of space, very clean and welcoming. There were two French students spending a few weeks learning about natural dyes. We were able to talk to them and they confirmed that this was an amazing place to work in and that Victoria is a very special lady.
We were also able to visit the paper making workshop next door, where they make all different types of paper with flowers, seeds, elephant poo etc.
We understand that the project also has a school and a bakery amongst other things.

If you visit one place in Munnar, make sure it is Aranya Naturals (follow the signs for "Shrishti" from the tea museum).

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Aranya Natural is not far from the town of Munnar in the beautiful tea plantation area of the surrounding hills. The drive to Aranya is wonderful. You see workers collecting and carrying tea as well as uniformed children on their way to school. It's very peaceful (and relatively litter free). The project at Aranya Natural is inspiring, as others have said. I will just add that I spent 4 days with the dyers as part of a special workshop and tour for fiber enthusiasts. It was one of the most magical experiences I have ever had. All of the people there are incredible. Everything that you see on a short visit is really as it appears. The teachers, students and workers are happy. Everyone is very proud of the work that they do. There's a terrific shop where you can purchase some of the beautiful products they produce, from silk and pashmina scarves and shawls to handmade paper and jam. You will not find this quality in many places. Don't pass up a purchase. If you are anywhere near this area, you cannot miss this. You will never forget it.

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

Just a short car or tuk-tuk trip outside Munnar, this is a lovely place surrounded by a beautiful, lush garden (no photos allowed though). At no expense they will show you the stationary factory where they dye papers and make greeting cards, folders etc, and the cloth dying factory. In their outlet you can buy their beautiful handmade scarfs, cards, candles etc for very little money (with a Westener's perspective). We bought all our traveller's gifts to people back home and souvenirs for ourselves here.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

How refreshing to see such a place where the volunteers and workers are so friendly and helpful. Never mind the other attractions around Munnar, go HERE and you will not be disappointed. The shop has super silk products all for very reasonably prices; we came away with loads of things. Just adjacent is a small deli selling samosas, pasties etc. again at very reasonable prices.

1  Thank DaveandLizScotland
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

During our recent visit to Munnar we went to see Aranya Naturals and we were so glad we did. We had such a warm welcome from Mrs Victoria Vijayakumar who had been involved with this project since its inception. She explained the philosophy and goals of this facility and also the process of fabric dyeing and the different printing techniques used.
This is a really inspiring project to visit and produces truly beautiful and original things which are available to buy.

1  Thank Bronte19
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