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NavaVihan, Pondicherry

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"Navavihan" signifying "New Dawn" or a "New Future" is growing with a two-fold purpose.

In its handicrafts it strives towards beauty, perfection and an appreciation of Nature.

In its educational products, it hopes to help the child to learn and grow in joy, be creative and look up to a new future.

Navavihan was started in 1983 and is managed by Mother’s Centenary Memorial Trust in Pondicherry.

We are a team of 20 people where each one is encouraged to contribute their creativity using various art and craft techniques like painting, embroidery, quilling, origami, paper pulp crafts, marbling to name a few.

Our range of products celebrate nature’s artistry using leaves and flowers, seeds, cane etc. These with handmade paper make the products unique and add a warm touch of nature and beauty.

Our products for children include innovative educational games and craft kits to encourage learning and discovery with fun and joy. These products can be used in children’s activity centres, classrooms and homes. When a child enjoys an activity, he automatically becomes more focused and that is the basis of all learning.
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  • NAVAVIHAN is a small but interesting boutique with hand made articles from leaves and recycled paper. The owner is an enterprising gentleman with a big smile. You are sure to want to purchase most of ...  more »
  • Simply amazing products made with aesthetic details and reasonably priced it’s a treat for the eyes to view such attractive items catering to all age groups.  more »
  • beautiful place !!! so many nice items for all budgets if you're looking for souvenirs or gifts Probably the best handmade creative product store around, Worth the visit for the amazing eco-friendly C...  more »
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  • Visited several times... Really Loved their service... They have a building nearby where products to the shop are made.. if u are visiting the shop, u must visit that too... They have very good Cards and some other handicrafts... Nice place even it is not big
  • A must visit for people visiting Pondicherry. The educational products and items for children here are completely exclusive which enhances the faculties i.e. motor skills, cognitive skills, sensory skills making it very tactile. Additionally the bright colors makes the games more attractive and a visual treat. They do have a wonderful collection of handicraft items and home decor.
  • Good place for creative exclusive produces
  • NAVA VIHAN: EXQUISITE SHOP WITH GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY. Since 2010 during our stays in Pondicherry (December-January) we regularly visited NAVA VIHAN, a unit of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It is a centre of creativity designing handcrafted items where the raw materials are mainly handmade paper and some natural materials like seeds, leaves, wood etc. thus expressing a love for nature and appreciation of his beauty. They also make several educational items, games and books for children of all ages to help them develop various faculties and become sensitive to deeper values. We purchased a great number of beautiful items: hand painted cards with origami, pressed flower cards, hand painted real leaves, coasters handcrafted out of handmade paper pulp with real leaf impression as well as a variety of lily leaf trays. All very classy and ideal gifts. We highly recommend this shop Rolande and Jean-Paul Butzler
  • Very good art and craft shop with nice ambiance.
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