Well there are someday when you are shopping with your wife with not so much interest. Going from one store to another and yet she has not been able to find her perfect match for clothing. And you are dragged like anything and there is nothing which interests you and all you keep thinking in mind is : “I wish it was a stationary shop”.
Certain such instance almost happened when I was moving from one Retail store to another but hey I was not bored this time. The store that we went to was “ANOKHI“ to shop for traditional Indian ethnic wear. It had notebooks made out of traditional block printed cloth cover and hand sewn. I was happy 🙂 but not my wife as she did not like anything to her liking there that day.
ANOKHI’s origins can be traced to Jaipur and is traditional craft based Apparel brand. Jaipur is famous for many crafts among which two famous crafts are Blue Pottery and Hand Block Printing. The brand has essentially revived the traditional hand block printing craft and they use vegetable dyes only. The first Anokhi store was opened in 1984 and have grown manifolds with not just stores in India but also stores in USA and also many distributors in Europe.
So this review is about the Notebook from Anokhi which they call “Bahi-Khata” which actually means Ledger – Book in Hindi Language.
DESIGN & BUILD :
Here it is all about Design. The notebook is beautifully designed has a sewn cloth cover over a paper board. First the cloth is pasted and then sewn for giving it strength.
The notebook comes with different cloth covers and patterns and has string which makes the perfect case for Journal as sometimes lot of loose paper are kept inside notebook and string takes care of that when you close it. This notebook is medium size which is equal to B5 size. Though I also saw lot of other smaller sizes also.
The front and rear cover are made of same cloth and finishing is quite nice apart from the certain niggles at the centre sewn part inside.
I picked this from store and it was all in display and thus there was no packing. Thus nothing much to say here.
PERFORMANCE / QUALITY :
Now the real part. As I have mentioned earlier and I believe most of us all know that the quality of paper as far as using with fountain pen is concerned is dependent on lot of parameters like ink resistance, shading, sheen, feathering, bleed-through, paper colour, smoothness or texture and few others. Few properties are also dependent with ink properties like shading and sheen.
There is a bright white thick paper when you open the notebook with Lord Ganesha imprinted.
The writing paper inside is not super white, and is just leaning a little towards grey. There is no mention of quality of paper so I have no Idea of gsm of the paper.
The paper is quite smooth and is has no texture. Love the feeling when pen touches the paper it is quite smooth.
The paper is lined and also comes in blank page format. Really love the feel of those top two green line at top as a Header.
All pens performed really well, whether be it Italic nib or fine point nib.
As visible from above images it is quite clear that the paper has performed surprisingly really well. There is no feathering and bleed-through and even some inks like Diamine Majestic and Iroshizuku Yama Budo showed Sheen which my camera was not able to capture.
It has performed really really well. I though still feel the sewing and punching of notebook could be improved.
Performance summary is as follows:
- Ink Resistance : High
- Paper Texture : Smooth
- Feathering : None
- Bleed-through : None
- Shading : High
- Sheen : Medium
The B5 – Medium Size notebook with 100 pages was bought by me at MRP of Rs. 150 ( US $ 2.22 at today’s exchange rate of 1 USD = Rs. 67.47).
There is no mention of paper quality or no. of pages, though there are 100 leaves after my count.
Though date and place of manufacturing are clearly mentioned.
I was on lookout for the Journal for a long time and this has fulfilled all my desires.
Both sides of paper can be used for writing. And all the inks and pens have performed flawlessly. I wish the paper could have been a bit brighter though and the quality of thread stitching can be improved but @Rs. 150 I should not be complaining much.
I will recommend this to all Journal lovers to at-least try one. Trust me you wont be disappointed with the paper.
Oh by the way it is not available online, only in their Retail stores.
List of Stores withing India : here
List of Stockist Outside India : here