“A loop after a loop. Hour after hour my madness becomes crochet. Life and Art are inseparable.”OLEK
For us at 8finity, the art of crochet and passion for the environment is our life. We are inspired by the ancient techniques that have been going on for ages in Indian homes.
The technique used by the women of Kolkata to make designs on our bags is the old love affair of every lady – Crochet. What was once a pastime, has now become a source of income for many women. It seems to be a simple knot and hook but it takes a lot of time, effort and patience. Which is every lady’s strong suit. It is like finding a calming beauty in uniformity.
Earlier, it was one of the favourite pastimes of Indian Women. Every grandma can vouch for doing that! Even Queen Victoria gave it the royal seal of approval by buying crocheted lace and learning it to make scarves for veterans of the South African War. But, have you ever wondered why women loved doing this every day. It’s because when you use your hands, your brain starts producing all these feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin and what can be better than a natural antidepressant. An American study showed that it can help you feel calmer and reduce anxiety. It is even better than reading before sleeping, as the repetitive movements make your mind calm and ready to get a good night’s sleep.
Like every early art in India, it was also dying. Until, the designers started using this again in the lockdown. From Dior to Dolce & Gabbana, it was a regular feature on the catwalk. Don’t tell us you haven’t watched hundreds of reels on Instagram about DIY chic crochet tops. It was supposed to be the knottiest trend of 2020 after all.