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« on: February 02, 2012 10:55:38 AM »

Hi all,
It's been a while since I've been around these parts but lots has happened like we have moved to India!
Well, even though we live in a different country, I still loooooove crafts and there happens to be TONS here.
I just love walking around the markets and checking out all the amazing hand work that people have done.
To that end, I was thinking about selling it to people back home and that maybe crafters would be a good audience. Some possible products are shown below


While most things aren't immediately wearable in the western world like sarees and large shawls I thought maybe crafters could use some as raw materials.
Could you please let me know if you would be interested in purchasing something like these and how much you would pay? For instance, the bottom left picture, I would probably have to charge $30-40 for a 1m x 2m piece of fabric but it's nice quality wool and its COVERED in HAND embroidery. The silk sarees are about 5m long (and quite wide) but I would have to charge about $100. It's a lot of material though and they come in beautiful fabrics and patterns not necessarily available in the States. Embroidered pillowcases for whatever reason go for a lot less, like $10.

So I have posted here only textiles but there are LOTS of other handicraft products (wooden carvings, bamboo paintings, leather paintings, wooden housewares, brass figurines, marble inlay, etc etc) but they aren't raw materials, just finished products. I was thinking of selling those too but due to the nature of this forum wanted to concentrate on the fabric. BUT, if you have thoughts on those things or would like to see them, I'm all ears (or...eyes Smiley )

So any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2012 12:49:31 AM »

raw silk in all different colours may sell well depending on price! those items are all so lovely. so much work must be put into them  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2012 06:15:27 AM »

I'm sure there must be some interested buyers out there, but Indian fabrics have an ethnic look and feel to them, so they're just not going to be for everyone. Amy Butler and Michael Miller type design is what crafters are drooling over still. That hip, "neu retro" style seems to be hanging on forever.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2012 07:55:14 AM »

Your best bet would be to vend at a bellydance workshop or show.  They go nuts over this stuff.
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