Monday, August 10, 2015

“We may fail but we don’t want them to fail”

Hidden in a shopping complex in downtown Franklin is a boutique full of one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry and gift items. But despite its small, local atmosphere, the store has roots on the other side of world in India, Indonesia and Thailand. 
Hema Chockalingam started Eco Embrace two years ago, after leaving a career in information technology. Her business works with artisans rural communities, mostly in India, to bring natural, handmade items to the United States. 
Items range from bangles made of semi-precious stones in Thailand, beaded necklaces with large pendants which is entirely handmade - even the beads. She even sells notepads made of animal poop. 
“Most of the items are one of a kind. When you come here it’s always a discovery,” said Chockalingam.
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