Let’s start at the very beginning……….. the inception of “out of the trinket box”.
It started off as beads etc., a little something started by my sister, Ekta and me……. actually, the whole “obsession” with beads was really Ekta’s, which then kinda caught on to me as well 🙂 .
All it took, really, was a readymade, seed-bead necklace to break. Ekta kept the beads …. played around with them a bit ….. and voila! there was her first creation! the bead fever was very infectious and the two of us soon got swept up in a whirlwind of beads …… glass beads ….. wooden beads ….. metal beads ….. bone beads ….. little beads ….. big beads …….oh!
We learnt on our own …… mom taught us some bits …… experimentation the other bits. Wearing our little creations drew appreciation from friends. Their encouragement…..well…….encouraged us! This, of course, sparked the till-then-dormant entrepreneurial gene (an integral part of every Gujju’s genetic make-up) and we started to make more …… and then sell them! And they sold …. and sold …. and sold! In select stores …. in college fests (Kaleidoscope!) …. through family …. through relatives …. through friends …. thanks to everyone who helped us along the way!
Let’s stop to say a special thank you to a select few who really, really helped in this journey. Ekta, of course, for sparking the interest; Mom, for putting up with the mess, for helping us meet deadlines and just about everything; Masi, for making so many necklaces to help us complete orders in time; Kinjal, who stayed up night after night with us, matching us bead for bead, necklace for necklace; Milind, for lugging along kilos of stuff whenever we went on our beads-shopping frenzies; Darius, Artifoi, Hemangkaka and Sangitakaki, for selling endless quantities of our jewellery in their store; Lakshmi, for making the long “Kaleidoscope days” fun and filled with laughter …… phew! All done, methinks.
So anyway, then post-grad happened and gone were those days……beads lay forgotten 😦 .
That brings us to today. Well, about a year ago, mom returned from a trip to South Africa with beautiful necklaces for us. Looking at them fuelled the dormant embers for the love of beads and jewellery once again!
Out came the beads, the tools and all……..