By  on October 18, 2007

Gone are the days when arts and crafts were considered a frumpy affair. Tired of feeling like fast-fashion clones, a surge of nimble-fingered youngsters is spearheading a revival of indie handmade fashion. And a mushrooming network of crafter community e-commerce sites is following suit, including Etsy.com and Notonthehighstreet.com.

“The crafter scene has exploded,” says 23-year-old Emma Ferguson, who launched her eponymous brand in December. Embroidered purses, sweatshirts, brooches and buttons are some of the handmade wares she sells in a shared market stall in Brick Lane, London, as well as through her Web site and online stores such as Bettyjoy.co.uk, Bonbiforest.com and the soon-to-be-launched site Idontlikemondays.us.

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