BENGALURU: This Christmas, fix Santa or a Doraemon character on your fridge for your children. Anjali Neema has specially created magnets of different shapes with paper art. She also takes customised orders.
Christmas trees, cars, teddy-bears and butterflies are other common forms her magnets take.
“This Christmas is special as I got some customised orders for magnets, baked paper jewellery and some quilled jewellery for gifts,” says Anjali. She makes jewellery from plastic: she cuts plastic, colours them and makes owl-, butterfly- or flower-shaped pendants for children.
She is also does home decor, and has been interested in art and craft since childhood. She started off with cards and other small gifting items for her friends and family.
Her sister introduced her to the paper art of quilling. She used online tutorials to learn more, and started her home business two years ago. She gets her orders from acquaintances and through her Facebook page, paper2jewel.
Saritha Ashok made around 250 ornaments for Christmas, and they have sold out. She makes rainbow bunting products, and this festive season, she has Christmas trees and ornaments for them, Santa, snow man and hair clips for children, of varied shapes and designs.
“That’s the beauty of handmade products. Each piece looks different, and lot of trial and error is involved. can embroider on some and stitch something on for some,” says Saritha, for whom this has become more than a hobby. For gifting options, she also has cards, applique (a needlework technique) on jute material and wall arts. Next year, she wants to start earlier so she can take more orders.
Akhila Kumar and her group Om Creations create quilts and other handicrafts. They also had some Christmas specials they sold 50 Christmas-tree design pouches.