Our Story

Dhoop began in 2003 in Mumbai, not really as a business plan, but as a 300 sq. ft. treasure box for Aradhana Nagpal.  It would be her space to bring together all the things she found beautiful and precious. This included handmade ceramic coffee mugs from studio potters in Pondicherry, tea baskets from Nagaland, tribal necklaces, and even a weaver bird’s nest from her friend's backyard. 

Started in August 2003, DHOOP offers curated craft and design from India. It is an Ethnic mélange of hand crafted products made in regions as diverse as Nagaland in the North-East, Kashmir in the north, and Kerala in the South. Dhoop’s roots are based in age-old Indian craft and culture, with the goal to blend urban taste and ethnic aesthetic. The sensibility is that of handmade, natural, and preferably recyclable materials; the charm of irregular lines and nature’s bounty of textures, but in clean, distinctly shabby-chic, ‘happy’ packaging. 

The product selection is varied, ranging from lovingly crafted décor accents and wearables, innovative lighting and furniture, to natural and pure aroma oils and candles, handmade bath products and incense, hand painted enemalware, and hand beaten copperware in pristine geometric beauty.

Be it a little clay slipper as a fridge magnet, a natural fibre lamp, a tribal bamboo toy, a stunning stone Budhha, or a natural bark table…each piece has a story. Our clients often refer to the store as a space that feels like “one is wandering into a treasure trove of culture”.
Over the years Dhoop has been a platform for many Indian crafts and also promotes the work done by not for profit organizations by helping them retail their products through the store.  

In 2005, Aradhana Nagpal, the brainchild behind Dhoop, set up an in-house design studio, a space where she could experiment with her ideas and create unique products. This transformed creative ideas into real products, and allowed her to work on new designs with traditionally skilled artisans. Today, Dhoop has a range of products designed in house and even customizes products for corporates and hotels. Dhoop also works on décor concepts for spaces and events and caters to clients who subscribe to Dhoop’s philosophy of “handmade, recycled, natural, and Indian”.  

 Partnerships with interior designers, product designers and architects have formed organically and Dhoop’s sunny glow has suffused many residential and office spaces.