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About East of India

Based in Folkestone UK, having traded since 1991, East of India is now one of the leading designers and suppliers of beautiful handmade gifts in the UK.

The success of East of India lies in the personal touch of every single item they create. Products are developed in-house by a team of talented designers, with everything being hand-made and hand-finished by artisans based around the world. These talented craftspeople use traditional methods and natural materials, such as paper and wood, to create unique and beautiful products with that instantly recognisable East of India style.

And it is the extensive skills of these artisans combined with the imagination of the Folkestone-based designers that is the key to why East of India and their products are so special and impossible not to fall in love with!

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How it all began...

It was in 1989 that Anne Spratling and John Ayris went travelling around the world, meeting a talented family of craftsmen while making their way through Asia.

These artisans hand-made the most charming items out of paper, wood and other natural materials found near their village. And so after some close work and friendly bargaining a selection of products was created, a small collection was bought, and the seed of an idea was sown.

Early in 1991 the Princes Trust forwarded a small loan to help transport that first consignment back to England and East of India was born.

Today, East of India still works closely with those original artisans, who now employ numerous other family members and friends to satisfy the increasing demand. They design all their products around the extensive range of traditional skills that these craftspeople possess, and the products you see are the result of this close working relationship. Many of the artisans live and work together as family groups, passing down their skills through the generations.

The team in Folkestone has also evolved and grown, with many members of staff having been with East of India since those early days. They continue to respond with energy and enthusiasm to the ever-changing requirements of what is now a hugely successful business, generating much needed wealth for some of the poorest communities in the world.

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East of India & Temptation Gifts

Temptation Gifts is proud to be an East of India stockist, admiring their fair approach to trading and their support for artisans all over the world.

Having stocked East of India in our high street shops since 1995 and online since 2000, we offer over 500 different East of India products, all available for immediate dispatch!

Temptation Gifts is the most comprehensive stockist of East of India to be found on the web, bringing you all the latest additions to the ever-growing East of India range.

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Contact TemptationGifts

If you are looking for a particular product and can't find it on our website, or are looking to order in bulk, we should be able to help! Simply give us a call or email us.

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