Don’t you just love all the handmade hats that are so popular these days? You only have to walk into Lucky Jeans or Urban Outfitters to see a colorful array of knitted and crocheted goods.
The cool thing is that today’s youth is not only wearing these items, but they are taking up crocheting and knitting as a hobby and have created a cottage industry that is bursting with fresh ideas and designs.
I recently ran into sisters Amy and Angela Twerdok, who have taken Granny’s pastime of choice and are tweaking it to look modern and youthful.
Their new line of handiwork includes high fashion hats, headbands, neck warmers and scarves all made of natural organic fibers in U.S. cotton and pure wool.
Angela, the younger of the two, took up knitting in college and got so “hooked” that when her dorm room was overtaken with hats she ended up donating them to charity. After a while, she realized that since she was so prolific, she might as well try selling her work. Not long after, she taught her sister how to do it and their new business, Paiva Artisan Crafts, was born.
Their designs are very urban chic and the hats look like something the Hollywood stylist Rachael Zoe would approve of, with a touch of lovely vintage pins, buttons and feathers that adorn many of their pieces.
Because everything is handmade, each piece is unique and can even be ordered to your exact size and color specifications.
You can find Paiva Artisan Crafts locally at the Harvest Market or check them out online at: www.paivacrafts.etsy.com
Located at the intersection of Del. 41 and Yorklyn Road in the center of Hockessin Village.