AarTiana North Carolina (United-states)

Business overview

Hi, I am Lisa Allen. I learned to crochet when I was a girl by reading how-to-crochet in a booklet of all places! My mother was a knitter, but didn't know how to crochet (my grandmother and great-grandmother knew how to crochet but they had passed on by then). However, there was always yarn and both knitting and crochet patterns around the house! One day, in approximately 1977, I asked her to buy me a crochet hook and some free directions on how to crochet (shipping back then was like a quarter!), and when I received these supplies, I managed to figured it out! I proceeded with crocheting a poncho, potholders - and other small items - then took a big break until I had my firstborn in the late 1980's and made him a whole layette set. I also crocheted bootees as baby shower gifts for all my friends having babies! I have been crocheting professionally since 1997, when I was approached by the then-owner of Curious Goods in Raleigh, North Carolina because I was wearing a crocheted item I made. Little did I know that "seed" would blossom into this terrific venture! I had featured my designs in up to eight retail stores in North Carolina (some still listed, see below), as well as many satisfied private clients, ranging from the Phish-following crowd, to Rastafarians who have a difficult time in the area finding tams large enough for their dreads, to practitioners of African-based religions through a great friend of mine, Babalawo Ifajakuta, and even devoted members of a sufi order in Chapel Hill, NC (who incidentally told me they would follow me anywhere I went as long as I would make them their cufis!), and everyone in between! Of more recent private clients, Shaman and Reiki Master Standing Bear Thunder Heart absolutely loves his tam! An Indian Henna Artist Deepika Bhatt told me that "aarti" means "holder of the light" or in other words, a lamp. I didn't know this when I created the name of my venture, as I formed it using the names of my children - now I really DO have a job now, don't I! :-) In Spring 2000, I was approached to feature two cufi hats in a local Nike Ad (yes, Nike)! I also occasionally vended at reggae and other outdoor festivals in Raleigh and the surrounding area. In fact, Donna, one of the beautiful female backup vocalists in the internationally-known reggae band Steel Pulse, got one of my tams when they were in town! Folk Artist (and a HECK of a guitar player!) Andy Kuncl also has a skullcap from me. Now - if Lauryn Hill would just find my site ;-) From July of 2000 to August 2003, I was located in my hometown of San Diego, California where I met my incredible webmaster Dave. Because of Dave, I decided at that time to provide my retail internet customers better service and stopped doing wholesale entirely, but decided to keep the list of stores on my site to support them as they had supported me.

Industry Textiles
Business Type Service Provider
Establishment Year 1977
Firm Type Proprietorship
Expand Level International

Products & Services

We offers wide verity of CUSTOM hand-made crochet tams, cufis (aka skullcaps), beanies, scarves, kerchiefs, triangles, bandanas, bikinis and backpacks.

- Head Rags", in 100% worsted-weight cotton
- Skull Caps
- cufis or kufis
- Tams
- Bikinis
- Hemp Mesh Backpacks

Contact Details


Charlotte, NC,
Reggae Central, Central Ave.
North Carolina, 1506 () - (United-states)


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