Month: October 2013

Lajpat Nagar

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When you’re looking for clothes or fabric in New Delhi (and who isn’t with Diwali just around the corner) there is only one place to go, Lajpat Nagar Central Market.LajpatNagar

Named for Lala Lajpat Rai (the Lion of Punjab) Lajpat Nagar is an affluent suburb of South Delhi and is probably best known for its Central Market. Lajpat Nagar Market is a very large and crowded market with numerous lanes of shops and stalls selling a range of goods from traditional Indian clothing, jewellery crockery and even trending Western clothing.

Each lane of shops will sell within a focused type of goods, such as costume jewellery ranging from small earrings, “jhumkas”, wedding costume jewellery and bangles of all sorts. Other lanes will focus on traditional Indian attire with intricate saris, salwar kameez, sherwani and more. If a shopper is looking for more diversity, trending and designer western style clothing is also available by simply turning down the proper lane of shops.

Mehndiwalas (appliers of Henna) are very famous in the market and people love to get their hands tinted in the traditional Indian patterns.

Although overflowing with options and treats, Lajpat Nagar market is a place of high bargaining. Be ready to haggle, but remember, the more you buy the better the deal.

Henna

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IMG_1494Diwali, the festival of lights is a five day celebration that totally takes over New Delhi every year. As the festival begins on the 3rd we will take the time to give you a snapshot of the traditions and rituals of this fantastic celebration.

A big part of the celebrations involve looking your best and dressing brightly and traditionally.  It is very common for people to buy new clothes, get a new hairstyle and, for women, decorate their hands with Henna.  Henna body art is a ritual as old as humanity but it is far from old fashioned, designs are constantly changing and there are special Diwali designs which, with only nine days to go will be keeping the artists in the markets busy.  Of course, you have to remember that they take a little while to dry…

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One month relocation

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post 1The AIG team is at it again, traveling an accumulated 27,434 miles and returning to New Delhi, India. Our new home for the next 4 weeks is in Jangpura, a quieter slightly more isolated spot but the busy markets of Delhi are just a short walk away where you can get anything from quilts, ceramics, and fruit – to lumber, locksmiths and mechanics.

With Diwali right around the corner, we will be sure to share some exciting photos from this “festival of lights” so keep an eye out for future posts.

For this immersion, we also welcome two new team members Smiggy and Luko!