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Crafter Elena








Crafter is a Manchester-based business specializing in dreadlock making,

handmade crafts, dreadlock accessories, jewellery, home décor and

interior design.

Elena originally started the business in Cyprus in 2008. It stemmed

from her love of making, which led her to have stalls around the island

selling her handmade creations.

In 2009, Elena moved to Manchester where she continued her studies

in Interior Design and added new skills to her repertoire such as

dreadlock making. Since then she has been dedicated to the dreadlock

culture of the city, through dread creation and maintenance, inputting

extensions, making hair wraps and selling dreadlock accessories.

In 2016, she visited Thailand for the first time where she sought out fair

trade and ethical craft making businesses and brought their work to the UK.

Since then she has kept on travelling to more places like India and

Morocco and Turkey on the same mission. All the crafts can now be

found on her online shop or at Crafter’s studio in Stockport.

Her unique creativity and skills have also led her to large scale projects

such as designing stages, lycra canopies, free standing art installations,

and setting up and decorating festivals, like Insight Film Festival in 2011

and 2013. This has in turn brought some great collaborations; she has

been coordinating the decor for Manchester events legends Illuminaughty

since 2013 till 2018, and working alongside events production company

Visual Architects designing a series of different events and festivals

around the world, some of which include Sunrise Festival, Boomtown Fair,

Exit Festival, Kendal Calling and loads more.

Crafter’s pledge is to stay unique and true to the world of Dreadlocks,

Crafting, Handmade and will stay on the mission to make the world pretty!!


Opening Hours:

Monday: 10am – 6:30pm

Tuesday: 10am – 6:30pm

Wednesday: 10am – 4:30pm

Thursday: 10am – 7pm

Friday: 10am – 4:30pm

Saturday: 10:30am – 4pm