Nutsulu Rhakho grew up as a child witnessing her mother weave, knit, crochet and engaging in many more handiwork. She picked up this art herself pretty well at a very young age, and made doll clothes and even earned customers by selling them. Nutsulu, right after her graduation, started her own venture that deals in adorable crochet dolls and key-chains, and sells it online on her Instagram account. Let’s read on to find out more!
We had a chat with Nutsulu Rhakho from Nagaland to talk about her venture, “Nutsulu’s Collection” that deals mainly with Crochet Dolls and Key holders.
Hi! Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Nutsulu Rhakho from Nagaland and I belong to Chakhesang community. I’m a 22-year-old graduate student from St. Joseph College, Jakhama. I’m currently based in Kohima.
Tell us about your venture ‘Nutsulu’s collection’. What’s so special about it?
I started it only last year in 2018, right after my graduation. I feel that not just my crochet dolls, but all kinds of handmade products are unique in their own way. A special thing about my crochet dolls is that the clients have the opportunity to customise their dolls. They can decide the doll’s hair, skin colour, size and clothing etc. They can also give a personal touch to the product. Because the dolls take so many hours to make, there won’t be many like it.
Crochet doll of adorable Amigurumi Giraffe Couple | by Nutsulu Rhakho
Crochet keyholders of cute turtles | by Nutsulu Rhakho
Crochet doll of Baymax | by Nutsulu Rhakho
How did you come up with the idea and what was the inspiration behind it?
Initially, I started with dream catchers and earrings however, they became quite common so I wanted to do something that was different from the crowd. I realised that crochet dolls could have a good market value as they were not very common in Nagaland. So, I tried my luck at handmade crochet dolls. My inspiration, I would say, is my mother who is a weaver herself. So yarn, wool and wooden products were always in and around the house. She would always spend her time weaving, knitting, crocheting, making baskets and selling them. Growing up seeing her working tirelessly has always inspired me.
Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur?
I didn’t really think of becoming an entrepreneur but since my early childhood, selling things has always been something that fascinated me. I made doll clothes and bags as a child and sold them for as little as ₹5. This grew into what we know today as @nutsulu_collection.
Crochet dolls of a customised lovely couple | by Nutsulu Rhakho
Nutsulu’s one of her adorable crochet doll collections
It’s Cooky and Tata from BTS Dolls | by Nutsulu Rhakho
What are the biggest challenges that you face while running your venture?
There are only two yarn stores in Kohima and they have very few yarns that are suitable for crocheting. Dispatching products for customers has also been a major challenge too. Right now, Seke studio at PR hill is the only dispatch point for my products so delivering to customers who are from other area becomes a little difficult.
Please leave some details about the products that you sell and where can we buy them?
My products come in the form of key chains and dolls. They are made of cotton yarn so they are washable. As of now, they can be purchased through my Instagram account. And product prices range from ₹80/- to ₹1000/-