CRAFT, KITSCH AND ALL THINGS COOL

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

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - 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...

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