A case for collyrium (Kajwala/kājal) aka the ‘Kajalapāti’ କଜଳପାତୀ - a very common item in every Odia (and, Indian) household - esp. In the yesteryears.

In the days of yore, anything & everything - be it large sculptures or be it just mundane household items- used to be steeped with beauty as well as ingenuity . Depending on the social & financial standing, household items could be anything simple to ornate- something for every budget yet beautiful in its own right!

And, as was the usual norm, it was also common to find items used in various contexts, in addition to their primary purpose!

Such is the case with this case for collyrium- Apart from its usage in dispensing kājal - a beauty staple of millions of maidens since as far back as the memory goes - moms & grand moms in Odisha have used this Kajalapāti as a protection against warding off the evil- eye / drishti for the babies by putting it under their pillow or the mattress.

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