I love Etsy.com …I’ve never made any secret of that fact 🙂 but I’ve always wished we Indians could do more for our little crafty shops on Etsy…OK…so I thought I’d do a little bit of scouting around using Etsy’s Shop Local feature…I was looking for products made by Indians, creations that reflect our rich culture, items that feature our insane love of color and beauty in all possible ways…Here’s what I found…head over to these shops and get a feel of India – real India and Indianness…Enjoy!
First stop- The Home Centric
Urvi, a qualified Fashion and Textile designer, has been designing for 5 years…I have no ‘one’ favorite that I can point out in her shop…all her cushions and pillow cases are unique and beautiful..No one can stop with one, I say!! The metallic ones really tempt me- must be the Indian love of ‘bling’ that’s making me want each one!
The Marigold one is my favorite!!! Such a lovely, bright splash of color…reminds me of saffron and garam masala 🙂
Second Shop for the day-Mayaruhi
Pearl Bhasin, a stay-at-home Mom, makes limited design earrings from semi-precious stones, crystal, cut glass, pearls, shell, 925 silver and 24-karat gold-plated 925 silver. (Her shop is based out of her home in Singapore but cos she’s Indian and her pieces are inspired by Mughal paintings she deserves to be in this list!)
Now, onto the next shop – HippieKingdom
Devi, an Accessory Designer, makes bright and happy jewelry that’s both eco-friendly and recycled- she uses thread, jute, hemp, cardboard and paper in her creations-playful and fun!
I simply love these earrings!!! They look just right for an afternoon out with friends, while drinking filter kaapi (coffee) 🙂 Nirvana!
Next shop – Bootika
Shruti hand paints her products – Tees, Tank Tops, Bags, Belts, Headbands and Cushion Covers!! Her creations use graphics that reflect India- images that every Indian can identify with…Stop by her shop with some chai!
The Last Shops for the day- Art by susmitha and Veganosaurus
Susmitha from Bangalore makes Art Beads, Miniature Sculptures and exculsive Artisan Jewelry. She also makes cute little creatures to celebrate Veganism on her other shop-Veganosaurus.
oooohhh…the colors are gorgeous-they remind me of peacock feathers for some reason!
(the second turtle item I picked-anyone notice a theme here?)
Oh how I’d like a terrarium with these lil monsters on my desk at work!! I specially love the froggies (such an awesome orange) and of course, I love the blue cyclops’ tie (he’s a smartie!).
Which one’s your favorite product?? Which one would you buy? Stop by these shops and share your love…Promote Indian crafters and Indian crafts…
NOTE: All images in this post are the properties of the shop sellers featured in the post.
0 thoughts on “Real India: Etsy Finds”
Hey, I’m thrilled to be featured here in your awesome post! And I have found a few new favorite stores now, thanks to you! 🙂
By the way, my shop is based in Bangalore, India. I’m just here in California right now on holiday so all my monsters and jewelry traveled here with me. 🙂
@ Susmitha- oops…I assumed that you lived in California…I’ve corrected the post 😀 sorry for the error
I looooove your little monsters…I wish they’d keep me company at my office 🙂
I like this blog very much, it gives lots of interesting information, thank you
I wish more Indian crafters and artisans would sell their ware online on Etsy!! Some of my fellow cardmakers did try but the response here is limited because people haven’t heard about Etsy!! 🙁
I agree Smita! I’ve been trying to spread the word bout Etsy to my friends…The site would be really good for rural self-employed women’s groups if only someone would start them on the site and selling online….Maybe we all should do a series of blog posts on Etsy 🙂 Then at least people may come to know bout it. What do you say?
I like the pictures
lovely post. i love etsy..
I am so so glad I came across your blog. I have been looking for Indians who are on Etsy. Although I have been crafting and selling for years now, and I am registered on Etsy… and zibbet.. I still need to put up shop. Do you have any advice as to how to make shipping abroad easy? My work is mostly jewelery and the couriers really hike up the price and also told me flat out they would not ship ANY jewelery… even if it was wood!
Please please help~
I love etsy and was wondering why weren’t there any indian sellers.. But im thrilled now to find so many..