In the lead up to Christmas we will be featuring some of our favourite independent businesses, highlighting some alternative Christmas gift suggestions for the family.
This week we caught up with Annie Woodman at Jacanda Handicrafts to find out what handmade goods would make ideal presents for little ones and grown ups. If you haven’t heard of Jacanda Handicrafts, well their wares are quite simply beautiful. Bright, intricate and all handmade in India, Annie’s stall at Unit 36, row A of Norwich Market is a true treasure trove.
Whether it’s stocking fillers or larger items, there are toys, clothes, jewellery, quilts and much more. Among Annie’s recommendations are the bed sheets with matching pillow cases, which double up as a perfect play mat. The block printed fabrics are from Sanganer in Rajasthan and Jacanda Handicrafts work with Buzzaria Boutique in Delhi the make the range of pyjamas, make up bags and boxer shorts, which are then bought back to the UK. The straw and woven fabric animals went down a storm with our little one. We bought a woven crocodile a while back, which goes everywhere with us and makes a great teething toy! The toys are made by women at Dastkar International in Ranthambhore, an organisation that empower women through developing their skills, and in turn becoming financially independent.
Jacanda Handicrafts is open Tuesday to Saturdays, 11am – 5pm. They have a changing room, if you need to try on anything and they will also be at the Norwich Global Village Christmas Market at the Forum on the 4th and 5th December at The Forum. You can also order online and postage and packaging is free!