A LOVESONG TO A TRIBAL HERITAGE
Elle Decor India|December 2021 - January 2022
A couple creates an earthy and contemporary retreat with designer Shivani Dogra, inspired by local craftsmanship and time-honoured traditions in Sohra that lies in the Meghalayan hills
COSMO SAMUEL BROCKWAY

Sohra, or Cherrapunji, hidden in the ancient hills of Meghalaya is a place of stories and legends. The ancestral land of the Khasis and serenaded by thundering waterfalls, the region enfolds its inhabitants in mist-shrouded secrets and folk tales. Sai Hun Lang’s own heritage is entwined with this tranquil corner of north-east India and when she was gifted a 69 acre plot by the tribal council—of which her family is prominently linked, she dreamt of building a home on it. Lang and her husband Atanu Rakshit, a professor of economics, live mainly abroad but spend time in Sohra twice a year where they are surrounded by family and friends. With a desire to incorporate as many traditional Khasi elements as possible, the couple engaged Delhi-based interior designer Shivani Dogra who they felt understood the rhythm and qualities of the region in a rare way.

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