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Ever since Bikaner House got a makeover last year, it has become an exciting venue for exhibitions and events. Adding to the joy is shopping at Vayu for handcrafted designer artifacts for the home. They also have lots of lovely bits and pieces, jewellery and designer apparel. Round it all off with lunch at the popular Chor Bizarre, which has now opened an outlet in Bikaner House. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/Vayudesignforliving/ Open 11 am to 7 pm, all days of the week.
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(*) Home and fashion accessories made by people with disabilities or affected by leprosy. MESH is open from 9.30 until 7 p.m. on all days except Sundays. Great products that are changing lives.
5, Local Shopping Centre, Uday Park, New Delhi 110 049 Tel. +91 11 26965039/26568048 email: contact@mesh.org.in Uday Park is just three minutes from South Extension.
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Katan Weaves (pronounced kuh-taan) by Ruchika Modi. She does wonders with the famous Banarsi weaves. Gorgeous sarees. At 49 Meherchand Market, Lodhi Road. All days of the week, telephone 011 2462 6500 ruchikamodi@hotmail.com
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(*) Meghalaya Emporium on Baba Kharak Singh Mark. It's in the Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhawan. Go upstairs, to where the Bikanervala snacks is located, and they are right outside it. Great collection of handwoven fabrics, as well as many beautiful craft items in bamboo and natural materials. Fixed price. Closed Sundays.
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Gamthi at Shankar Market, near M Block of Connaught Place. Textile heaven. If you're looking for traditional fabrics, particularly in cotton, head to Block 3 in Shankar Market. Apart from Gamthi, there are others too, all in a row, and you will find what you want. Joyce Handlooms is also very good. Ikats, kalamkaris, block prints... Closed Sundays. The market opens late, around 11 am, and goes on until around 8 pm.
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Ranjiv Ramchandani's Tantra T-Shirts make for great presents if you're visiting India and want to take something back home. They have several stores, try the one in Khan Market if you're going shopping there anyway.
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The state of Gujarat is famous for its embroidered mirror-work and bandhni (tie and die). A good fair-price place to buy these is Hansiba. Run by SEWA, one of India's largest and most admired women's co-operatives, 65% of all sales go directly to artisans. Fixed prices. At Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. The same building also has Tribes and Kamala, so what a fabulous one-stop building for crafts!! www.hansiba.in/
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Dariba in Old Delhi is a great market for buying silver. Designs are both Indian and Western. Prices are usually by weight, and if you ask around in a few shops you will get the day's rate for silver which is being applied.
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Another shop you should check out in Hauz Khas Village is Katna's Kantha. The idea for this shop was born in a village named Katna in the Murshidabad district of West Bengal. It represents the collective effort of a growing network of women, who use Kantha work to make coverlets. Here is a beatuiful step by step account of how these coverlets are made: kkantha.com/... Please click on the link for the full methodology showing 12 steps. Address: 19 A Hauz Khas village
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Samsaara at South Ex has a collection of bridal and designer wear for formal Indian occassions. They have an active facebook page, so look at the designs and then see what you like. The bridal wear is blingy, but some of the less elaborate stuff (like the one the mannequin is wearing) is very elegant and stylish. I like their simple sleeveless tunics with gold embroidery highlights, and some of their Indo-Western cuts are great. E-21, South Ex Part 2, www.facebook.com/...
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