Founded in 1960 by an American, John Bissell, Fabindia has created work opportunities for more than 15,000 villages in rural India by supporting artisans and valuing handmade items.
Today, it is a very popular chain of traditional clothing, home products, and accessories for travellers who love to stock up. Anokhi has specialised in block prints for more than 40 years. The brand has perfected this printing technique of wood engraving with wooden stamps carved in the desired pattern, which workers use to print ornamental designs on cotton, silk, or wool. You can buy a kurta (tunic), dhoti (pants), tablecloths, cushions, and bedspreads. In Jaipur, there is even an Anokhi museum at Amber Fort, which traces the company's history.
Finish the tour at Kashmir Loom, the temple of changra goats' hair (changra means Kashmir goats). This is the place to wrap yourself in the soft and voluptuous cashmere sweaters, stoles, and scarves.
Shop No. 21 & 22
Mehar Chand Market
Lodi Road, Behind the Habitat Centre, Near the Police Station
+91 11 4905 1501
32, Khan Market
+91 11 2460 3423
Kashmir Loom Company
East New Delhi
+91 11 4560 2902