Mehar Chand Market, a bustling stretch of road in the heart of New Delhi, India’s capital, has recently emerged as the hottest shopping area in the city among cognoscenti on the hunt for one-of-a-kind finds. Gone are the longtime drugstores, tailors and small groceries that catered to nearby residents, many of them government workers. Today, young designers have opened boutiques along this half-mile strip on Lodhi Road, selling everything from home goods to the latest fashions. The wares all have a distinct Indian touch, whether it’s a silk sari fashioned in bright colors or a bright pillowcase shot through with an ethnic pattern. And their reasonable prices compared with other upscale retail districts in town stand out.



Two New Delhi sisters in their 20s are behind the designs of the leather wallets and handbags at this midpriced boutique, down a flight of stairs in a retail building. The custom-made handbag collection incorporates popular Indian techniques such as weaving, embossing, hand-painting and embroidery like an oversized tote with a red and yellow criss-cross stitch from Punjab in the north. From 2,500 to 8,000 rupees.


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