What started as a shop selling only tees is now a space synonymous with ‘ Punjabi- ness’. Named after the birth year of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, 188.8.131.52. is the brainchild of Harinder Singh. A whole range of handicrafts- phulkari embroidery, jutis, original paintings of the Golden Temple, antique locks, gramophones, brass lassi glasses and kirpans are available here. But it is their T- shirts with catchy captions— main gabru des punjab da, sadke jaavan, vekhi ja pher
cheri na, proud by birth- Sikh by choice— which have made them famous. Selling T- shirts was not something new for Singh as he is also behind the label Uni Style Image. With outlets spread across Delhi, Chandigarh and Amritsar, Singh says that the one in Chandigarh attracts the most customers. They also stock pottery from Auroville in Pondicherry, silver jewellery from Jaipur and ethnic embroidered bags from Gujarat. But they try to bring Punjab into even these items in a creative way. For instance, the tea set from Auroville, has " cha" written on it in Gurmukhi.
WHERE Shop No 81. Sector 17D, Chandigarh COST Rs 300 to Rs 1,000 ( T- shirts); Rs 500 ( Pankhi); TEL 01724677333
USP The store stocks artefacts, apparel and accessories that celebrate the essence of the Punjabi culture