The paan and the paandan were an essential part of Indian daily rituals and culture. It was brought out after every meal and whenever a guest walked through the door, the paandan was the first thing that was pulled out. Many political plots have been hatched over paan and it has added intensity to innumerable gossip sessions. Inside the traditional paandan are separate containers - one for strong lime, another for katha. Tiny seasoned balls of tobacco wrapped in silver foil were kept in one of the paandan compartments, betel nuts finely chopped with a sarotha in another, cloves, roasted coconut flakes were carefully kept.
The leaves were wrapped in red cotton material and kept in a separate container till they were used.
Clearly the paandaan was an intimate and integral part of social life in India and the intricate details and many beautiful compartments in our vintage paandaans bear testimony to the fact.
The Gulab vintage paandaan is made of intricately carved metal. It has a beautiful floral pattern etched on the lid and an ornate latch.
It has 2 layers, the top layer has 2 carved rectangular sections and 2 little boxes.
On pulling this layer out, we reach the beautiful lower layer of the paandan.
This is a genuine vintage piece and has some discolouration and patina, testimony to the many glorious years it has seen. The pictures are unedited and true to what the paandaan looks like.