SINGAPORE - Home baker Dewi Imelda Wadhwa of And All Things Delicious was looking for tea towels to enhance the presentation of her baked goods for Christmas when she chanced upon the handprinted textiles of Fictive Fingers online.
The 35-year-old mother of two was pleasantly surprised to find that the colourful screenprinted tea towels were made here.
"I didn't have to buy thousands of tea towels from India," she says with a laugh.
Fictive Fingers is helmed by sisters Aisah and Hani Dalduri, 22 and 29 respectively.
Ms Dewi's scones, wrapped in the sisters' cloths in the Japanese Furoshiki style, were an instant hit and marked the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Barely six months after their first meeting, the sisters brought up the idea of a shared space.
The result? An airy and inviting space in Crawford Lane - half bakery and half textile print studio - which opened in May.
Such collaborative retail spaces look set to grow in number as smaller retailers join forces in response to sky-high rents.
For the trio behind Maketh Project, rent was a major concern in their search for a suitable space last year. After two years of making leather goods from home, they wanted a studio to spread their knowledge of the craft.
They now occupy the back room of long-time Bali Lane resident, Straits Records.
"It wasn't what we initially wanted," reveals Ms Adlina Adil, 29, looking around the room tucked away behind stacks of vinyl records and CDs.