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A 'charpai' for Rs 41,000? New Zealand website sells it as 'Vintage Indian daybed'

Annabelle's, a New Zealand company, offers the regular Indian string cot as a 'Vintage Indian Daybed,' replete with the old white bedsheet thrown over it in India.

New Zealand website sells it charpai as 'Vintage daybed' for 41000 gcw
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New Zealand, First Published Aug 31, 2021, 6:45 PM IST
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A New Zealand merchant has taken a typical Indian household item, flipped the picture, and raised the price.  India has seen a lot of its culture distorted, from traditional mehndi to draw freckles, which became a popular cosmetic fad, to imitating 'chandan' from Indian religious events as 'face painting décor' during music festivals.
Annabelle's, a New Zealand company, offers the regular Indian string cot as a 'Vintage Indian Daybed,' replete with the old white bedsheet thrown over it in India.

So, you may be wondering, what's the difference?

The cost gap between India and the 'Vintage Indian Daybed' is at least 10 times more. The charpai, described as a 'one-of-a-kind' and 'original,' is now on sale for NZD 800.00 (Rs 41,211.85). In comparison, a charpai in a local market near you will cost you at most a thousand dollars.

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Even on Amazon India, 'charpai' costs start at Rs 800 and go up to Rs 10,000 for extremely beautiful designer ones.
It's the same 'outside cot' kept in rural Indian households for guests in the courtyard or the same cots used as seats for 'dhabas' in North India.

Anabelle, the store, may have gotten the charpai from India itself. According to the FAQ section of the website, "during visits to India, China, and Indonesia, every piece is handcrafted, ancient, and unique, so not being able to see the right colour and finish in person is a significant difficulty."

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