Lamps, Bedcovers & Handicrafts: This Noida Store’s Decor Is Ethnic & Beautiful

    What Makes It Awesome

    In times when the world’s going all modern and minimal, indigenous crafts and block-printed bed covers are a breath of fresh air. The store, aptly called Swades, has everything made by artisans, who hail from across the country. It helps that the couple who run this are well-travelled (they made sure they found gifted craftsmen everywhere they holiday-ed). 

    When you walk in, rest assured you’re getting the real deal. When they say ikat or phulkari, they don’t mean the same old variety. Even their indigo and ajrak have that rustic, imperfect charm that every handmade piece proudly wears. Stacks and stacks of hand/block-printed bed sheets and dohars have a piece of our heart, because even if our small pad doesn’t deserve these beauties, we know our mum would lose her mind over these. We’ll just say this: The bed linen here is very Fab India-esque (design-wise) and great value-for-money. 

    If your best friend, mum or colleague’s birthday’s coming, get them a bag (they've got really funky slings and totes with pompoms, embroidery and the works), silver trinkets or leheriya dupattas. We promise they’re bound to make any indie hipster go weak in the knees. Their store is open on all days except Tuedays and we hear they have a lot more new products across categories added to their collection.

    What Could Be Better

    The location. Making a trip all the way to Noida is a task, but it's definitely worth the drive. 

    Pro-Tip

    The price tags are in line with what everything handmade costs and, because there’s no concept of cutting corners here—we think it’s fair. In fact, you’re also helping keep cherished crafts alive by buying from here. Just to give you an idea, single bed sheets start at INR 450, dupattas at INR 300 and brass knick-knacks at INR 120 onwards.

    Disclaimer: It's crucial that we take our own precautions by wearing masks and practising social distancing while heading out. Stay safe.