As far back as I can remember, I have always loved crafts. Most evenings after school were spent making something. My house is a testimony of my love for crafts and in every room, there is something on display that I have collected over the years, or made myself. Apart from macrame, candle-making and decoupage are my favorite crafts to make. A beautiful hand-crafted candle is my pride and joy, and holds a special place in my living room.
I live in New Delhi, the capital and cultural hub of India. All year, we have a plethora of events and festivals that depict the diverse customs and traditions of our country’s distinct regions and states. These customs have inspired me to create. I love working with my hands and am happiest when I am creating something. The joy of turning a vision into something tangible is like nothing else I know. I have been fortunate to have turned my love of crafts into a successful business.
New Delhi is in the north of India, where cold winters have inspired women to knit. We knit in order to prepare for winter, but we also knit for the pleasure we find in the act of knitting. I’ve seen my mother and grandmother knit for hours, then gifting handmade sweaters and shawls to friends and family. We wear them with pride, comfort, and style, and they are often passed down from one generation to another. Even my own children have items that were originally knitted for me or my husband.
In my macrame, I love using tasseled ropes that are handmade by local women, as per my requirements. I use a lot of colour in my pieces, in efforts to capture my country's love for everything colourful.
It is no surprise that macrame has survived and thrived for over seven hundred years, and traveled from one continent to another. The craft has been assimilated into the culture of many foreign lands; it is my personal tribute to this craft to spread it even further, by teaching it to a new generation.
I am post-graduate in management by qualification and a small business owner by passion. I have been fortunate enough to turn a hobby into a business. I love working with my hands and am happiest when I am creating something. The joy of turning a vision into something tangible is like nothing else I know. As a Mom to a toddler and a tween, macrame craft gives me some much needed down-time and I am re-energized to run after my super-active boys.