Prior to my trip to India, I found an India based forum called Creativegarh. Creativegarh describes itself as “a worldwide community of people from all walks of creative life. It’s a platform for amateur and professional creatives to inform of, display, discuss, exchange, buy and sell ideas, services and talents to each other.”
I wanted to know where I could purchase crochet hooks in Mumbai so I posted my inquiry there. Through that, I connected with Eesha, a woman starting a home-based business as a craft supply reseller.
Since she didn’t have large-sized crochet hooks in stock, she ordered them from Pony, a crochet hook manufacturer in Tamil Nadu. I purchased 100 crochet hooks from her for RS10 a piece (about 22 cents) and she delivered them to the coffee shop that I had been treating as my office during my stay in Mumbai. This couldn’t have worked out any better!
Since my workshops in Mumbai, many people have been asking me where they can purchase crochet hooks.
First of all, I would highly recommend Eesha. She’s reliable, her hooks are of good quality, and you can’t beat the price. She just set up an eBay store and smaller purchases should be made there: http://stores.ebay.in/artystree.
For larger inquiries, you can contact her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s a sizing chart that she has provided me:
Second, I have been told that Hobby Ideas sells crochet hooks, although I haven’t visited any of their stores to see the selection. Hobby Ideas is a craft and hobby supply store and there are several Hobby Ideas shops in Mumbai. From visiting their website, it seems they also host various workshops and events.
*Also, thanks to Eesha and one of her craft forums, here’s a list of stores in Mumbai supplying all craft material in general (so not sure if they carry crochet supplies):
Bora Bazaar (Near VT)
Mumbai (has Wendy pure wool)
Mahila Vastu Bhandar,
Off Ranade Road,
Near Dadar Station,
Hasmukhlal Shantilal & Co,
102/9, Banian Street,
Jain Mansion 1st Floor,
Opp. 3rd Bhoiwada,
Pydhoni, Mumbai 400003
1 – Mahavir Stores
This is near Sena Bhavan. If you walk towards Mahim from Sena Bhavan on the Main Road, it is on the the left side a little after Camlin Studio past Raja Rani Travels. He sometimes has a good collection of yarn.
2- This shop is in the Nadco market Andheri west just opp. the railway station. Here you will get the regular acrylic and the silky threads.
Then in Malad west opposite the railway station in there is Natraj Market. Here you will get a variety of yarn and all the doodads at wholesale price. Worth checking these places for yarns but sometimes they don’t have much in stock.
Also, here are some India-based crochet hook manufacturers:
Address : 1-E/12, Jhandewalan Extension, 4th Floor
New Delhi – 110 055(India)
Phone : +(91)-(11)-41540471
Fax : +(91)-(11)-41540473
E-mail : email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Needle Industries (India) Private Limited
Mr. T. A. Devagnanam
Ketti Post Office
Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu – 643 215, India