Artisan soapmaking is a skill where science meets art. The soap-maker plays around with various patterns and textures and ingredients to come up with unique creations that are good for the body.
Handmade soapmaking has caught on in India over the last decade or so. Soap-makers have been creating these bright, bold, and wonderful-smelling products and displaying them at local fairs and neighbourhood flea markets. Today, many soap-makers also utilise the soaring popularity of social media to give visibility to their products.
Sarah Jane John is one of the first few people in Kochi to venture into the art of soapmaking. Operating from her small studio, she makes a batch of at least 50 soaps in a day under the label ‘FIG’.