High on Bud­get

India Today - - BEST OF INDIA - By Suneet Varma, fash­ion de­signer

One of my ear­li­est mem­o­ries of grow­ing up in Delhi was a monthly trip to Con­naught Place and Jan­path with my grand­mother. What I re­mem­ber most is the hus­tle and bus­tle on the street and the great mix of peo­ple: The well- heeled and the not- so- priv­i­leged, In­di­ans and for­eign­ers. It truly was the melt­ing pot of all who loved street shop­ping, great bar­gains and a sense of ac­com­plish­ment. Over the years I’ve con­tin­ued to visit the area for in­spi­ra­tion. It still of­fers the best over­view to all that’s new in tex­tiles and hand­i­crafts in In­dia. Unique and quirky, you name it and it’s avail­able: From carved wooden boxes, colour­ful jutis, tiedye scarves and Pash­mina shawls to Ra­jasthani mir­ror­work gha­gras, chikankari kur­tis from Lucknow, brass or­na­ments, dec­o­ra­tive wall hang­ings, oils and perfume in well- used bot­tles. It’s a haven for bud­get trav­ellers and shop­pers.

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VIKRAM SHARMA/

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