BLING FAC­TOR

Charmi­nar Bazaar

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Head­ing to­wards Charmi­nar is like be­ing trans­ported to an­other town. The colours and flavours of this part of Hy­der­abad are starkly dif­fer­ent from the newer parts of the city. This bustling mar­ket has lots to choose from when it comes to cloth­ing—es­pe­cially eth­nic saris, sher­wa­nis, and tra­di­tional Hy­der­abadi khada du­patta that is worn for wed­dings and dress ma­te­ri­als. Ev­ery­thing here is pretty high on the bling fac­tor, be it the or­nately em­bel­lished fab­ric or daz­zling im­i­ta­tion jew­ellery and ac­ces­sories. There are shops that ex­clu­sively sell ac­ces­sories—shiny mo­tifs, span­gled laces and sparkling beads. Fash­ion de­sign­ers and bou­tique own­ers throng this mar­ket to buy em­bel­lish­ments and gota. You could pick out smaller knick knacks off the street like lit­tle plas­tic toys for chil­dren, surma or kohl vials, glass and lac ban­gles as well as mehendi cones and sa­chets.

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