“Over the next two years, we would like to take North East Indian jewellery global. Our endeavour is not just to bring the traditional designs and arts into the mainstream, but also revive jewellery forms and designs that have almost faded away. The antique and vintage designs will be given a modern touch and would be taken to international markets.”
|(L to R) Olenka Dilip and Krishnazina Thakur, Co-Founders of Junuka Jewels|
‘entrepreneurship’? Do you remember any special incident?
Although both of us cherished a dream of being independent and were keen to
start something of our own, the decision to come together happened sometime in
as a financial service professional in the areas of investor communications,
broker-dealers, mutual funds, securities processing and operations for over 9
years, and some sense of monotony was setting in. I decided to take a break
after my daughter was born.
too different for me either. For over seven years, I had worked in various
capacities in the legal and financial services sectors, and had developed core
expertise in understanding the business, finance and statutory compliances of
companies, especially in the financial services and education sectors.
a nuclear family in a city like Delhi, and having no one to take care of my new
born child, it was increasingly becoming a challenge to devote the long hours that
a full-time professional set-up demanded. Add to that the time you waste
commuting. Then, sitting idle at home was also never an option.
spark was triggered one fine evening, when our husbands were returning home
from work. They were worried that by staying at home, we (Olenka & I) would
simply waste our talent and let our experience and knowledge go in vain. That
was how the idea of starting an online jewellery store – Junuka Jewels – was born.
briefly tell us more about your startup?
Our objective is to facilitate business for exclusive handmade jewellery in the Indian market, as well as markets across the globe. We endeavour to develop an organised industry that not just gives direction to skilled craftsmen, but also impart requisite skills to the locals and create employment in the rural Indian markets.
any funding for your startup? Are you planning to attract funding in the near
Junuka Jewels is being self-financed. However, going by the growth we’ve
experienced, there is a need to expand our market reach. To scale-up our
business operations, we’d need funds from potential investors.
procuring our products from the artisans based in the rural and interior parts
of North East India. The most difficult part is making them understand the
design and spacing of the products for on-time deliveries. Secondly,
transportation is a big issue. Some of the places fall under insurgency areas
so curfews, Road blocks etc. are common. Timely acquiring of products and
making the artisans work to earn their own bread and butter is a tough job
which is also one of our objectives.
Indian jewellery global. Our endeavour is not just to bring the traditional designs
and arts into the mainstream, but also revive jewellery forms and designs that
have almost faded away. The antique and vintage designs will be given a modern
touch and would be taken to international markets.
your hobbies in your personal life?
like to travel to various destinations, shopping and watching movies.
certainly would like to add to that list; hopefully international fashion hubs and
other platforms, where we would get a chance to showcase our jewellery designs.