The Kolshi - Bengalian jug - is the traditional container used in Bangladesh for collecting and transporting water.
The kolshi is a very popular utensil with different functional uses ranging from the water container to an effective domestic filtering system used mainly in rural areas of Bangladesh. Studio Lunik's project reinterprets the kolshi in its form and functional elements, examining some domestic processes and practices related to the collection and use of water in daily life.
The project is developed with KALKI, a collective that combines Bangladeshi traditions, techniques and materials with contemporary design. Based in Rome, in the multi-ethnic neighborhood of Torpignattara, Kalki's work was born as a social research through design and self-production, exploring traditional Bengali objects and the possibilities linked to their use in a different context.
The set is made up of a variety of different items: the kolshi, the dish, glasses, bowls and cotton filters. Each element is made in collaboration with artisans of Deruta, Umbria.
The Kolshi exterior - natural and non-enamelled - combines with the glossy surface of the interior and the other pieces of the set, with enamel tones inspired by water colors. Thanks to its natural terracotta cooling properties, the colas can be used to keep the water fresh by activating the evaporation process once the outer surface of the jug is wet.