Anu and Smita from India
"Hello, I am Smita and was born in Haryana but brought up and studied in Delhi. I graduated in Mathematics,however, I was always inclined to something creative and was keen on doing something different. Something that no one else had done before. My mother, Anu, shared my interest so we teamed up and explored many options, from wrought iron to blue pottery.
"Our quest for something totally innovative and different continued until one day out minds clicked. 'Why not apply the exquisite work of zardozi in products like coasters and trays?' This would make for utility and classic home decor. We had finally found what we were looking for!
"Right now we are concentrating on products range like, trays, coasters, planters, photo and mirror frames, jewelry boxes, wall hangings, etc. We are now in a position to offer employment to other artisans and we work as a team. The fact that we have been able to offer employment to more people fills us with a great sense of satisfaction.
"Zardozi is such an amazing art form. It is romantic and its shimmer takes your breath away. The origin and history of Indian embroideries goes right to the days of the Indus Valley Civilization. Megasthenes, the Greek Ambassador to the Court of Chandra Gupta Maurya, in the late 4th century B.C. mentions in his diaries, the lovely garments with work of gold and silver on them."