‘Pinch of Flairs’ by Ritu
Rainbow in canvas, color filled glass bottles, beautiful mandalas, colorful threads turning into stunning jewelries- yes, that is the world of crafts, the aroma of paints and that is indeed the interest of Mrs. Rituparna Sharma, a talented Assamese lady, mother of a 1.5 years old kid and a homegrown small business women who is in a stage to launch her small art and craft business in a professional platform now. Being started her business in the year 2016, Ritu said she was first attracted by some handicrafts products in social media and started learning about them through various tutorials. Soon as she got much confidence after practicing them in times, she started to paint her own creations and showcase them on social media. She got good responses from people and that doubled her confidence and brought her much encouragement. In the later years, she thought to set up her own platform and started two facebook pages named ‘Pinch of Flairs’ and ‘Threadcraft’ where she could post all her stuff for sale and along with that advertise them as well. Now Ritu is running her small business from her home itself and is very happy regarding the responses of her customers. On a visit to her establishment, she gifted us some handmade decorative items for home décor and I must say that was really beautiful and epic.
On asking about her business, Ritu said-
“It is in 2016. Suddenly after watching so many handcrafted products in a group in facebook I have decided to start making silk thread jewelries. As I was extremely new to any craft related work and being a homemaker and mother of a 1.5 yrs old kid and ofcourse being a lady with less patience, it was not at all easy for me to even learn this. Then I started watching tutorial videos and yes, it was the beginning of my journey in art and craft work.
From September 2016 to till today I have made more than 500 jewelries and sent it to different parts of Assam. Then from January 2019 I started doing painting. It was my dream to paint on canvas but due to no prior knowledge of art and painting I couldn’t do a single work. Still I have started making Mandala paintings. With time and practice I can add some more creative concepts to my work. I have made canvas paintings, painted bottles , pots etc. Then I have collected some bamboo cane jewelries and given those a new fusion look combining with silk thread jewelries.
Practice and hard work makes us perfect.
I know it’s a long way to go and I am still a learner. But during this period of 3-4 years I could make a homegrown art and craft business and it may be in an infant stage but I believe one day I can move with more possibilities and towards a large extent. I believe in hardworking and smart working, I am really happy to be engaged in these kind of art and craft journey. “
India is a country full of problems and in many cases specially for women it becomes difficult even to think for something of her own. The scenario is harder after marriage as the woman in the house comes first in taking care of all the household responsibilities. But it is also true that as much problems a place deals with, the more opportunities arise in that regard. When there is will there is way!
Women like Ritu can be an inspiration to all. Specially women who are talented enough, have creative skills and most importantly have a passion to do something of her own should learn from such examples. Best wishes for Rituparna’s art and crafts..