Deepa's Guide to Delhi's Bazaars

My picks for what to buy from Delhi's dazzlingly diverse markets!! Fair price shops marked with (*) About me: www.delhimagic.com
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(*) I cannot believe I have not yet put an entry for Dastkar in this shopping guide. At Nature Bazaar, Andheria Modh. Combine with a visit to Qutb Minar. Authentic crafts, straight from source. Check facebook page to see what exhibitions and fairs are going on. There's always something or the other. https://www.facebook.com/dastkarsociety

(*) I cannot believe I have not yet put an entry for Dastkar in this shopping guide. At Nature Bazaar, Andheria Modh. Combine with a visit to Qutb Minar. Authentic crafts, straight from source. Check facebook page to see what exhibitions and fairs are going on. There's always something or the other. https://www.facebook.com/dastkarsociety

Kavita Bhartia's Ogaan at Hauz Khas is a good place to find a wide range of Indian designers - both established names and newcomers. This is their flagship store; with stylish displays (almost art!) of Indian and fusion clothing, accessories and jewelry. Check timings etc here: http://www.ogaan.com/

Kavita Bhartia's Ogaan at Hauz Khas is a good place to find a wide range of Indian designers - both established names and newcomers. This is their flagship store; with stylish displays (almost art!) of Indian and fusion clothing, accessories and jewelry. Check timings etc here: http://www.ogaan.com/

And while we're on the subject of ear-rings, you really can't leave India without a pair of jhumkis. These silver ones from Fab India are part of their Anusuya range that costs between 6000 - 8000 rupees, and they are very lovely indeed. The store also has necklaces and other jewellery, ranging from simple to elaborate. If you love the look but don't want silver, then the street markets at Karol Bagh are full of similar things in slightly blackened metal.

And while we're on the subject of ear-rings, you really can't leave India without a pair of jhumkis. These silver ones from Fab India are part of their Anusuya range that costs between 6000 - 8000 rupees, and they are very lovely indeed. The store also has necklaces and other jewellery, ranging from simple to elaborate. If you love the look but don't want silver, then the street markets at Karol Bagh are full of similar things in slightly blackened metal.

Divya Bajpai and her daughter Aditi run Almirah, a store that specialises in clothes and other stuff for kids. It's lovely and unfussy and soft and comforting and mostly cotton. The prints have Indian themes, often the motifs are tribal. Execution is excellent. Take a look, they are at Meharchand Market and at Gurgaon: http://www.thealmirah.com/

Divya Bajpai and her daughter Aditi run Almirah, a store that specialises in clothes and other stuff for kids. It's lovely and unfussy and soft and comforting and mostly cotton. The prints have Indian themes, often the motifs are tribal. Execution is excellent. Take a look, they are at Meharchand Market and at Gurgaon: http://www.thealmirah.com/

Lotus Eaters, Santushti Shopping Complex. They have silver jewellery, sort of half-traditional, half-contemporary. Some gold as well. I bought a green bead necklace which I really liked. Like most things in Santushti, this is not a place to go if you are on a tight budget. See other stuff from Santushti as well in the link below. Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/SantushtiShoppingComplex?ref=br_tf

Lotus Eaters, Santushti Shopping Complex. They have silver jewellery, sort of half-traditional, half-contemporary. Some gold as well. I bought a green bead necklace which I really liked. Like most things in Santushti, this is not a place to go if you are on a tight budget. See other stuff from Santushti as well in the link below. Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/SantushtiShoppingComplex?ref=br_tf

I always enjoy walking into Good Earth. There's usually something new and interesting on offer; tableware, linen, cushions, home accessories...I usually end up finding something I really like. Their flagship store is at Saket; but they're also at Khan Market and Santushti. See their website before you go: http://goodearth.in/

I always enjoy walking into Good Earth. There's usually something new and interesting on offer; tableware, linen, cushions, home accessories...I usually end up finding something I really like. Their flagship store is at Saket; but they're also at Khan Market and Santushti. See their website before you go: http://goodearth.in/

(*) Soma is one of my eternal favourites for block-printed bedspreads, pillows and home linen. The Western-style clothes don't look good on me, but the skirts are lovely and so are the Indian-style tunics and anarkali dresses. The bathrobe wraps are super-pretty. At Meharchand Market, 10 am to 8 pm all days of the week.

(*) Soma is one of my eternal favourites for block-printed bedspreads, pillows and home linen. The Western-style clothes don't look good on me, but the skirts are lovely and so are the Indian-style tunics and anarkali dresses. The bathrobe wraps are super-pretty. At Meharchand Market, 10 am to 8 pm all days of the week.

Since everyone wants to know *what* exactly is available at Karol Bagh - here is a set of blingy but not super-expensive formal salwar suits for women. The sleeveless ones almost all come with optional attachable sleeves. Shops will often provide alteration services. Many use mass-produced machine-embroidery (will be less expensive). More ornate hand-embroidered ones are obviously more expensive, and will usually have less tacky tailoring as well.

Since everyone wants to know *what* exactly is available at Karol Bagh - here is a set of blingy but not super-expensive formal salwar suits for women. The sleeveless ones almost all come with optional attachable sleeves. Shops will often provide alteration services. Many use mass-produced machine-embroidery (will be less expensive). More ornate hand-embroidered ones are obviously more expensive, and will usually have less tacky tailoring as well.

Add Ons at 87B Shahpur Jat has some fabulous handloom cotton weaves. Rema Kumar and Puneet Kaushik offer a range of Indian textiles, home accessories, beaded jewellery, bags and so on... I love the way old crafts and techniques have been given a new form. Their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/AddOnsShahpurjat But also read this article in the Telegraph before you go: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110702/jsp/personaltt/story_14185717.jsp P.S. I bought the saree in this pic…

Add Ons at 87B Shahpur Jat has some fabulous handloom cotton weaves. Rema Kumar and Puneet Kaushik offer a range of Indian textiles, home accessories, beaded jewellery, bags and so on... I love the way old crafts and techniques have been given a new form. Their facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/AddOnsShahpurjat But also read this article in the Telegraph before you go: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110702/jsp/personaltt/story_14185717.jsp P.S. I bought the saree in this pic…

(*) Every time you go to the Crafts Museum, you'll find something interesting on sale, available for purchase directly from artisans and craftsmen. These juttis caught my fancy some months ago. Right now (April 2014) they are showcasing the beautiful ajrakh textiles, as well as several other crafts (pottery, embroidery etc). Check out their facebook page for latest themes before you go. Closed Mondays: https://www.facebook.com/craftsmuseum?rf=208675075815202

(*) Every time you go to the Crafts Museum, you'll find something interesting on sale, available for purchase directly from artisans and craftsmen. These juttis caught my fancy some months ago. Right now (April 2014) they are showcasing the beautiful ajrakh textiles, as well as several other crafts (pottery, embroidery etc). Check out their facebook page for latest themes before you go. Closed Mondays: https://www.facebook.com/craftsmuseum?rf=208675075815202

Who doesn't love all the funky stuff in Chumbak? Great Delhi souvenirs, from mugs to watches to apparel and home decor stuff. https://www.chumbak.com/ At Hauz Khas Village, Meherchand Market and in DLF CyberHub Gurgaon.

Chumbak, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi

(*) One of the most quirky things you can buy from India: elephant poo paper. Handmade, eco-friendly - and no, it doesn't smell of poop :) :) Check out their website here: http://elephantpoopaper.com/index.html Can be bought at several stores in Delhi, see list on their website

(*) One of the most quirky things you can buy from India: elephant poo paper. Handmade, eco-friendly - and no, it doesn't smell of poop :) :) Check out their website here: http://elephantpoopaper.com/index.html Can be bought at several stores in Delhi, see list on their website

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