Alooatta is your source for gifts that delight and enchant. Gifts rich with story.
Gifts that celebrate the greatest gift of all – your relationships with others.
Relationships are our greatest gift
Family, friends, neighbours, co-workers – in South Asian culture, we value our relationships above all else. We delight in spending time with loved ones, we take pleasure in helping others, we find joy in connection. We cherish the special moments in life, big and small. And we love to give gifts.
Births, engagements, weddings, anniversaries, office parties, festivals – any important milestone is occasion to share. Through the giving of gifts, we celebrate our bonds. We give gifts to show our appreciation of the greatest gift of all – our relationships.
Because life is precious
As founding publisher of the Asian Pacific Post, South Asian Post and Filipino Post newspapers, I have long held connection and community in the highest regard. I believe in the power of stories to build and maintain cultures.
It was after many busy and satisfying years in journalism that I suddenly found myself at a crossroad. I had a heart attack and required bypass surgery. A short while later, my wife and I were blessed with our first child. It was through those experiences that something shifted in me. I felt a strong desire to celebrate the preciousness of life, and to honor my relationship with my child, my family, friends, and colleagues. I had a vision of creating a shop, one that carries beautiful, quality products – gifts that enchant and delight. Gifts to help celebrate all that is special. And so, Alooatta was born.
Because we care
At Alooatta, we also care about our relationship with nature. I want to do all that I can to ensure that the abundance and splendor of our world can be experienced by my own child, and all other children, far into the future. Our products are eco-friendly, containing the finest natural ingredients. Our packaging is certified food-safe. It is made from recycled materials and is biodegradable, carbon neutral and compliant to the highest environmental standards. Our items are handmade, often in small batches, locally in BC or within North America, using materials sourced from ethical suppliers.
South Asian culture is rich with traditions going back thousands of years. While we readily embrace the new, we also treasure these deep roots. You’ll discover that many of our products use ingredients that are culturally significant and that are rich with story. It is our pleasure to share some of these stories along with our products. You’ll find them throughout our site. We hope you’ll share them with others.
Harbinder Singh Sewak