With Facebook setting itself up as the easiest and most accessible e-commerce platform for the running generation, our local community of sellers has also grown from just aunties selling Pakistani lawn (thankfully). Today, because of social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, it’s much easier for people to get noticed for their work, to set up shop and build a reputation.
Naturally, that is what happened - there has been a sizeable influx of arts and crafts based pages in the country’s e-commerce scene, albeit operating amidst fairly limited tags. Besides being excellent excuses to indulge one’s craving for fancy utility accessories, these pages are also perfect for when you need to get gifts for people, offering fairly low-cost, usually customizable and best of all, handmade alternatives to conventional store-bought gifts.
Made With Love
Run by the left-handed Wildflower, Made with Love set up shop only a few months back and has not had to look back since then. With colorful florals, beautiful hand-lettering, options for personalization and a healthy inclination towards pop-culture elements in their work, Made with Love ticks all the right boxes for the perfect little gift.
Hijibiji by Zakia
Although popular for her funky phone covers, Zakia is somebody who paints on anything and everything you’ll ask her too. A quick scroll down the page reveals hand painted shoes, sunglasses, canvas spreads, jeans and the works – the best part being, she makes most of her product on order!
Biskut Factory’s work is similar in style to Hijibiji’s although, it is, evidently more inspired by the techniques seen in Bengali rickshaw art, giving their products a very folksy, rugged feel to them, emphasized by the rather crass humor that most of their products feature. These make fun gifts for more ‘colourful’ friends, and would probably be a big no no for family.
True to its name, Stellar is known for its exquisite home décor accessories ranging from cushions, coasters, dreamcatchers, candles, and jarred plants. What sets them apart are their beautiful prints and Pinterest-y designs and colour schemes. Their stationary lines include notebooks, laptop sleeves, planners, fabric boards and backpacks. Making things better, they’ve launched a two-part adult coloring book series in collaboration with other artists celebrating their 1-year mark.
Another business that’s new to the game, that didn’t quite start out as a business. Newton’s Archive started off as a lifestyle blog run by 4 friends that has recently gained popularity for their beautifully packaged, hand-poured, scented candles and other artsy stationaries including bookmarks, canvas wall hangings and the works!
Famous for her signature art pieces and doodles featuring psychedelic colour schemes, Nuzart also has its own line of wearable art. Nuzart’s tendency of transforming everything around her into her canvas means you can expect the funkiest of things from this particular page – starting from painted leaves that could be used as bookmarks, wooden wearable art, and sometimes painted cigarettes too!