What started as a shop selling t- shirts with graphics of traditional musical instruments like iktara, tarangi, dhol and tabla is now one of the more exciting ways to celebrate Punjabi culture. 188.8.131.52, named after the birth year of Guru Nanak, is a onestop- shop for everything Punjabi. Owner Harinder Singh ( the man behind the label Uni Style Image), who started the shop in 2005 at Defence Colony, says, “We were not very serious but our customers were.” Today they have six outlets in the country, three in Delhi, one in Haryana and two in Punjab. Walk into their shop in Janpath and you’ll be bowled over by the colours splashed all around— there are phulkari dupattas in pinks, blues and reds, juttis, tiny collectibles like key chains with Punjabi motifs, antique phones, a large collection of bags and of course their evergreen t- shirts. The latest addition to their collection are the phulkari waistcoats which have become a rage. Some of the absolute must buys here are the chaa cups sourced from Puducherry, the brass lassi glasses from Noor Pur Bedi in Punjab, tanga ( horse chariot) bell, called Amritsari Lahore bell and many more funky collectibles.
COST Rs 500 onwards for t- shirts; Rs 400 onwards
for bags WHERE Shop No 2, Janpath
TEL233229461; 1469workshop. com
USP From the humble pankhi to the elaborate
phulkari, everything ethnically Punjabi is available here