Member Feature: theDelhiStore

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Vandana of theDelhiStore, our featured member!

theDelhiStore

theDelhiStore

Tell us about yourself.

I am Vandana, founder of the Etsy shop, theDelhiStore. I love textiles, diverse cultures and handicrafts.il_570xn_694806140_fnlb

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

I opened my Etsy shop in the year 2012. After completing college and working in IT education for a while I left my job as I wasn’t enjoying it much. Few years later I decided to combine my passion with my work, and start my own business in the textile industry.il_570xn-1162593345_mobl

Tell us a bit about your products.

I promote the work of Indian artisans who practice century-old handicrafts which require a lot of skill and patience. I sell hand block printed fabrics which are printed using hand carved wooden stamps, hand-woven fabrics, vintage fabrics, hand carved wooden stamps and trims. I also take custom printing work.il_570xn-822338454_r31w

What inspires your work?           

The urge to promote dying regional handicrafts and help save the livelihoods of the people who practice these crafts drives me and gives me a sense of purpose and direction in my work.il_570xn-1102575531_19oa

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

To setup a ready to wear and made to order garments section made from my fabrics.

I see my business becoming a known name among people who value handmade things, quality, hard work and support slow fashion.iss_fullxfull-6809469_5gi2f24n

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

Quality and designs.

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?

Yes, I do have a separate work space where I store all my fabrics and work.1-img_4346

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

I wish I had not overstretched myself in running my business and should have given my health and fitness a priority but now I have mend my ways.1-2015-06-21

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

Success doesn’t come overnight-it requires a lot of hard work and persistence, so, take one step at a time, and give your best. Also, put your customers first, and provide the best quality products and best possible customer service.1-2015-07-05

What is your favorite quote?

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” – Benjamin Franklinil_570xn-1178668137_euw8

Where can people find out more about your business?  

Instagram: thedelhistore
Pinterest: theDelhiStoreil_570xn-780422294_875l

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

Bohemian Style

Contributor post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Bohemian, Gypsy, Boho, Ethnic, Hippie — whatever you choose to call it, it’s FUN!

In modern usage, the term “Bohemian” is applied to people who live unconventional, usually artistic, lives. The original “Bohemians” were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French bohémien, for “gypsy”).

At the beginning of the Bohemian ‘movement’, it was said that gypsy girls themselves “… are sexy and delightful precisely because they do not give a hoot for fashion.”

When the style was first identified, it was the early 20th century. Fast forward to the 60’s & 70’s when major designers started to routinely promote the “peasant look” and selling a range of “uniquely eccentric clothes”. (How many of you still have some of those in the back of your closet, like me??)

Fast forward again to the late 1980s, when variants of the short and fundamentally un-Bohemian rah-rah skirt (which originated with cheerleaders) were combined with leather or denim to create a look with some Bohemian or even gothic features. New names emerged, like ‘hippie chic’ and ‘boho-chic’. Similar styles were sometimes referred to as “bobo” or “ashcan chic” or “luxe grunge” — with leading proponents including actresses Mary-Kate Olsen and Zooey Deschanel.

Whatever it’s called, and whatever the iteration/era, we L.O.V.E. it. We asked our CIJ teamies to tell us their stories about their favorite ‘boho’ style (or its cousin) — and share an item from their shop that represents it. Here’s the cool stuff we got.

Robyn Campbell from RobynFayeDesigns says:

 To me, bohemian means freedom or freestyle, lots of colour and textures. I would love to have my own little caravan and travel like a gypsy following the warm weather. When I was 18 I lived with my boyfriend in a transit van for two months then graduated to a small caravan and traveled up and down the east coast of Australia for 6 months. It was fun but difficult to get work with no fixed address.  Maybe when we retire I can convince hubby to travel! Until then I’ll stick to making caravan coasters and dreaming!
Gypsy caravan coasters, funky mug rugs, floral colourful coasters, retirement gift, house warming gift, boho decor, boho gift

Gypsy Caravan Coasters

 

Arlene from ThisandThatCrafter says:

 I was pretty young during the 60’s but did love the hippy flower power style… still have a side of me that loves the flowers from the 60’s.  Here is a ribbon I carry in my shop that reminds me of the hippy flower power days…
Flower Print Wire Ribbon... 1.5" X 12 Feet

Flower print wire ribbon

 

Annie from DesignedbyAnneliese says:

When I hear the term Boho I think of bright colours, funky patterns and flowers! I especially love flowers and i love the idea of wearing flowers in one’s hair!
I made these flower cards using boho paper.
Bohemian card set, stationery set, card box, gift cards, mini cards, flower cards, boho style, gift idea, graphic 45

Bohemian card set

 

Nancy Duncan  from EponasCrystals says:

When I was growing up in the seventies, it was all about bell bottoms and peace signs, beaded necklace, clog shoes, and wild head bands. We called it hippie, but now it’s “hippie-chic”. Here is my modern version of the “hippie chic” style.
Peace - Turquoise Leather Necklace Bohemian Tribal Jewelry

Peace Turquoise Leather Necklace- Bohemian Tribal

 

GypsyGeneralStore from GypsyGeneralStore says:

 I was an “oops” in my family; born several years after my older sisters. I was the recipient of all of their “hand me downs” – from clothes to record albums… when everyone else was listening to New Kids on the Block, I was rocking out to Led Zeppelin and the Doors. To this day, I have a deep appreciation for old things – passed down from generation to generation and I think it’s largely due to my “hand me down” childhood experience. I love anything with a story…

 

Sugar Skulls Day of the Dead Christmas Dia de los Muertos tart tin set of 3 mexico skull altered art ornament exchange boho mexican decor

Sugar skulls Day of the Dead tart tins set

thedelhistore from theDelhiStore says:

For me Boho means free-spirited. I consider myself one and am proud to raise my daughter who is 12 years old as a free-spirited young soul. We both love to dress up in bright colors.

Boho Gypsy Tribal Kutchi hand embroidered fabric

Boho Gypsy Tribal Kutchi hand embroidered fabric

We had lots of fun with this one, and we appreciate everyone who contributed!

Until Next Time,
Sheila