The Incenso Pot is a contemporary interpretation of brass pots used in the South Indian Sambraani method of drying hair. Traditionally, women use sambraani dhoop, the incense smoke that is generated by burning sambraani powder on the charcoal fire, to dry their hair. The process is known to be therapeutic, antibacterial, and ailment curing. According to Ayurveda, it also induces serenity, calms the nervous system, revokes negative thoughts, and fosters a quiet mental state.
Here, the pot has been redesign to suit the modern user. The handle, however, is made of brass as a nod to the traditional metal. The container and the cover both are made of smooth ceramic which makes it easier to clean. A translucent strip in the container makes it possible to see the charcoal ashes being collected.
It’s used much in the same way as traditional brass pots making it intuitive for those familiar with the process. Simply place charcoal on the mesh and light. Once lit up, pour sambraani powder on the burning charcoal and the Incenso Pot is ready to use!
Designer: Surbhi Chauhan