Kharico is owned and operated by Dianne Hodge. She is a qualified occupational therapist who has specialised in work rehabilitation. While assisting people return to work it became apparent that finding suitable clothes to wear following illness or injury was often a hidden barrier.
Following a move to Brisbane she began developing her clothing idea which has been enhanced by full-time study at Brisbane TAFE gaining formal qualifications in Applied Fashion Design and Technology.
After returning to Townsville she has opened a design studio and is working on another clothing collection based on ergonomic and universal design principles. This is an exciting merging of occupation therapy and fashion. To ensure that her designs are backed by theory she is also undertaking research focussing on the clothing needs of woman who are returning to work following treatment for cancer.
As well as designing clothing, Dianne has used her teaching qualification and experience to set up a sewing school to enable those who wish to learn, an opportunity to explore the world of fashion and design.