CRAFT, KITSCH AND ALL THINGS COOL

From Afghan jew­ellery to quirky clutches, here’s what you must buy from Gu­jarati Mar­ket, Jan­path

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - Lifestyle - Pr­erna Gauba pr­erna.gauba@htlive.com

Tucked away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of Jan­path, this colour­ful lane is dot­ted with small shops that sell ev­ery­thing from kitschy bags to saris, home linen and gypsy jew­ellery. Shop­pers of­ten pop­u­larly call it the Ban­jara Mar­ket. Set up by Gu­jarati fam­i­lies who have made Delhi their home, this mar­ket is a dream come true for those who love all things col­oru­ful and kitschy. Most of the shops here are run by women. One such shop­keeper, Chanda, 32, keeps fix­ing the pallu of her bright chif­fon sari as she talks.“Dilli ki lad­kiyan kitni sun­dar dikhti hain. Itne achche achche san­dals pe­henti hain. Unka style sabse alag hai (Delhi girls are so pretty. They wear such nice heels. Their style is dif­fer­ent),” she says, as she shows us a bright em­broi­dered scarf. “Yeh sab hu­mare gaon me banta hai, Gu­jarat mein. Meri maa ya­han le kar aati hain. Unko pata hai lad­kion ko kya pasand hai (Th­ese items are made in my vil­lage in Gu­jarat.

My mom gets th­ese here. She knows what girls like),” says her part­ner Kan­chan, 25. Kan­chan tells us that the gov­ern­ment has promised elec­tric­ity and they are ea­gerly wait­ing for it. The heat of­ten gets to them. The women are very happy that their items are a hit among stu­dents. “Col­lege girls ko sabse zyada ban­jara jew­ellery pasand hai (col­lege girls love ban­jara jew­ellery the most),” says a seller.

For­eign­ers are also a fan of their prod­ucts. “An­grez sari, jhola aur gift items le kar kar jaate hain. Unke neele-gu­labi baal humko samajh nahi aate. Lekin woh Dilli ki lad­kion ki tarah bar­gain nahi karte. (For­eign­ers buy saris, bags and gift items. We don’t un­der­stand why some of them have blue-pink hair. But they don’t bar­gain like Delhi girls),” says Anu­radha, 45.

Here’s what you must buy from th­ese chirpy ladies on your next visit to Gu­jarati Mar­ket, Jan­path.

Afghani jew­ellery is a hot seller here. We picked this ox­i­dised sil­ver lo­tus ear­ring with red glass em­bed­ded in it. It can in­stantly add a pop of colour to a sim­ple and sub­tle ensem­ble. Price: `500 on­wards A bright em­broi­dered waist-jacket or koti can in­stantly pep up your dull kurta. You can also pair it with your west­ern tops or shirts. Price: `250-350 This bazuband and neck­piece with coins and ghunghroos is your per­fect pick when you want to put a gypsy spin to your eth­nic look. Price: `800 - 1000 This colour­ful mir­ror em­bel­lished um­brella makes for a quirky show­piece. Price: `500 on­wards Tas­sels are trend­ing this sea­son. You can’t miss this colour­ful em­broi­dered sling with tas­sels and pom-poms. Price: `200 A state­ment clutch can el­e­vate any look. Our pick is one with a car mo­tif made with pearl. You can buy em­broi­dered and mir­ror work clutches as well. Price: `350-500 Hand­crafted run­ner for your din­ing ta­ble is an­other must-buy item. Choose from patch­work, or em­broi­dered ones. You can also use them to pep up a Light-weight kan­tha work saris are per­fect for a day func­tion. Our pick is this om­bre one. Price: `1000 on­wards A hand­wo­ven du­patta is a closet sta­ple. You can take your pick from a va­ri­ety of colours and de­signs. This one with gold ac­cents on white with red and pur­ple bor­ders is pre­fect to pair with a plain kurta. Price: `1,500 Indu, 32 and Babita, 26, from Gu­jarat say they have learnt what Delhi girls like the most. Peppy, cheery colours and things with a vin­tage feel are a hit with them. STYLING AND IN­PUTS BY: Osheen Tickoo PHOTO: Kar­tik Dhamija and Ajay MOD­ELS: Chanya Kapoor, Sad­hvi Arora MAKEUP AND HAIR­STYLE: Natasha Arya

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