A dream to share with you.
We want to open an authentic Indian Chai Shop at Burning Man 2017. The dream is to serve warm cups of solace and friendship as a gift to the people who, like you and me, find treasure in the simple things and to do so in a place that is larger than life.
Anyone who has been to India will know nothing much makes sense there without the sweet tradition of hot chai masala (spice) tea. Long bus journeys you weren't sure you would survive make it seem (impossibly) sweeter and the chai shop becomes a place of relative peace like a local watering hole.
The Chai Wallah (tea magician) dedicates his life to brewing up this tradition, serving his communities with a place for friends to meet, hard working souls to find ritualistic comfort and travellers a place to rest. Despite their own secret recipe and distinct style, each chai wallah fills up every glass with gift.
And so too we wish to offer the gift of chai and all it encompasses to the Burning Man community. In the heat of the Nevada desert (affectionately called the ‘Playa’) people from all over the world gather, creating the second largest city in all of the state to celebrate life and togetherness.
As you may well know BM is non-for-profit annual event based on the efforts of the community. Art is life, our creative expression and freedom is a vital element. The ten core principles that act as guidelines, as well as a reflection of our collective ethos, can be found here. But to give you an idea, here are three of my favourites. Radical inclusion, leave no trace, and the concept of gifting as a cultural norm (no money is exchanged in the Playa). Burning Man city, like the lands of India, is perfect chaos and we will set up CHAI MAN in honour of the eye in every storm.
Any donation will go a long way to supplying a wonder of spices and other ingredients, set up an authentic chai shop as well as fuelling the fire and getting everything into the oasis of Burning Man. Please keep reading for our price break down.
We feel this is a good amount to allow CHAI MAN to flourish, but the more funding the more chai for everyone.
Thank you from the bottom of our chai infused hearts for your contribution to a world where dreams come true.
As a thank you to our major supporters (donations of $80 and over) we will be making high quality prints of the Photos in the gallery. These Images were photographed earlier this year by Chai Lov and capture a sliver of the beauty that is India and chai.
Price break down.
Goal USD 2000. Estimated expenditure:
Spices - Vast quantities
Liquids (ALL water needs to be brought to the desert city)
Pots and cooking utensils
Gas burning and gas
Crockery and glass wear
Shop front, hand made with local timber
Seating and pillows
Authentic Indian decorations.