One of its kind shopping spree

One of its kind shopping spree

Flocking to Dilli Haat at INA market this weekend, ‘shop till you drop’ seemed to be ruling the shoppers mind. And why wouldn’t it? What is called as India’s first travel film, photography and shopping festival,Travelista, returned to the capital in its second edition over the Dussehra weekend.

From funky to poetic, and if you have chosen to, artistically minimilistic, people went on buying all of it in a heady shopping extravaganza.


A host of activities ranging from travel, film and photography screenings were scheduled to be a part of the festival along with over 55 stalls of apparel, jewellery, home décor, accessories, kitsch, pop art and vintage on display. If you ask the Metrolife team, barring the art wall to one end, an online-photo exhibit emblazoning up on the walls, an army band playing in the evening, it was an out and out exquisite shopping experience that could lure you into having a very deep hole in your pocket.

What caught our eye was the spread of fabrics, poetry, cartoons and loads of creativity on display. Delving further into our picks, the first thing that caught our attention were the ‘Chandani Chowk’– themed stoles from Charu Desi. The multi-coloured stoles juxtaposed places, people and haunts of Old Delhi to bring alive the life of the Old City onto a piece of fabric; how fabulous is that! Coming in a price range of Rs 450-1250, these vibrant stoles enticed everybody into their direction.

Next on our line-up were screen paintings set around different cities of Delhi. A NIFT graduate Vinati Bhatt changed gears from fashion designing to hand screen paintings to bring together an ensemble of brightly hued wall arts and city note cards elaborately supported with text to simplify her art for her audience. What one couldn’t miss out upon was the wall art titled, ‘The Last Mughal’, interestingly portraying a rickshaw-puller from Agra who’s body language exuded royality, enough to make Vinati paint it up for her collection.

An array of customised poetic gifts, marked with original poetry from a company called KAVI; diamond comics revival on t-shirts and things through quirky one-liners by Oink; minimalistically titled hand-printed T-shirts from Nirvaaha and loud on colours phulkari jackets from 1469 ruled the day for the shoppers.

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