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    Nisha ThomasA� specialises in colourful clothes and accessories for all ages

    The secret to multi-talented Nisha Thomas’ Crochet Corner is relaxation. a�?Crocheting keeps me happy,a�? smiles the Chennai-based entrepreneur. a�?Ita��s no secret though. With my two little girls, I basically crochet every spare minute I get,a�? she confesses. A marine biologist by qualification, Thomasa�� online venture displaying her beautiful handcrafted work was an instant success. a�?I started posting pictures of my work on Facebook and the feedback was incredible. Soon I started getting orders for custom-made pieces.a�?

    For the uninitiated, this delicate handicraft incorporating a hook needle and yarn became popular in 19th century Europe. Its origins however, can be traced back to South America and Iran. a�?I was inspired to learn this art from my grandmother whose masterpieces still hang in our home,a�? Thomas, 30, tells us how she got started, adding that a�?suddenly crochet has become contemporary and chic.a�? What started as a hobby in college hostel a�?is now this business opportunity with so many requests.a�?

    This handicraft afficionado conjures up childrena��s clothes, hair accessories, add-ons for sandals, earrings, swimsuits and more. a�?My special tutu dresses for little girls are extremely popular,a�? says Thomas. She works alone for now but has big plans for Crochet Corner. a�?a�?I would like to start an online boutique soon and start classes introducing youngsters to the fun part of crochet…ita��s not just for grandmothers,a�? she laughs.

    Accessories from Rs 250 onwards. Apparel from Rs 850 onwards. Details: 9840520846,crochetc-orner.in@mail.com, facebook.com/CrochetCorner.NishaThomas

    a�� Shibi Kumaramangalam

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