November 2, 2015
Their products are not only unique, but also not easily available in the local market. They are sourced first hand and also sold first hand in the cosiness of their homes. Yes, a few home makers of Coimbatore are here to make your Diwali shopping a personalised one.
Fancy lamps from Sunayana Nagpal
During her visits to her hometown Kolkata, Sunayana Nagpal goes on a shopping spree and always pays the airline company for extra baggage. This homemaker who is married in Coimbatore for 14 years misses apparels and accessories that are exclusively made and sold in Kolkata. One such product that has caught the attention of this homemaker is the exclusive handcrafted lamps. “This being the Diwali season, I have handpicked lamps directly from the manufacturers in Kolkata. I have started selling them from my apartment in R.S. Puram and I find that these unique lamps have many takers,” Sunayana says. There is a variety that can leave you spoilt for choice. There is an elephant, a horse, a house and she also has rangolis that have a provision to hold a tea light. This being the season when people shop for lamps, Sunayana participates in shopping festivals in the city. She is open to shoppers all seven days of the week.
Kurtis and jeggings from Divya T of Altus Formo
Coimbatore based Dhivya T who is in her late 20s likes to groom herself and this passion has prompted her to set up her home based brand called Altus Formo. “Altus Formo is a Latin term, which when translated means high fashion. I sell apparels for women for everyday wear, party wear, semi-formal and casual wear,” Dhivya says. A regular participant in shopping festivals that are hosted in the city, Dhivya tells us that she does good business especially during festival time. This season she has received stock of kurtis that are made from cotton and georgette. Dhivya recommends that you pair her kurtis with jeggings which are tight-fitting stretch trousers for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans. Her home based boutique is located in Vadavali and she is open to customers all seven days of the week.
Handcrafted products from Vanisha Shivnani of Skillbox
Born and brought up in Mumbai, marriage brought Vanisha Shivnani to Coimbatore. A creative and talented person as a child, Vanisha loves to create gifting products and accessories. True to her out-of-the-box thinking and her creativity, she has named her brand Skill Box. Currently, she makes and sells envelopes from handmade paper, stands for tea lights, plates and trays for special occasions and celebrations, torans, kumkum boxes, wall hangings and rangolis. This Diwali she has her hands busy with orders. “All the work is done by hand. I make use of coloured stones, sequins, pearls and anything that catches my eye,” Vanisha shares. Creative gifting option Skill Box is a home based store located in Sai Baba Colony and is open all seven days of the week.
North Indian sweets by Kumund Gupta
It has been just three months since Kumund Gupta has started making and selling North Indian sweets by-the-order from her home kitchen and she is too busy with orders that she has no time to find a name for her home based made-to-order business. Originally from Gurgaon, Kumund is married to Coimbatore based businessman Rasik Gupta from Sai Baba Colony. Her family is a big fan of her North Indian sweets and savouries and they have prompted her to look at this as a business option. Kumund is currently taking orders for badam chikki, pista roll, motichur laddu, jangiri, kachori, and mixture among other sweets and savouries. She collects 50 per cent of the bill amount as advance and the remaining money is collected at the time of delivery. Free door delivery of order within city limits is offered and customers are required to place a minimum order of five kilograms of sweet or savoury.