As much as I love handicrafts, I was done with going to the typical artisan markets. One fine day on a trip to Connaught Place, I chanced upon Shilpi Haat on Baba Kharak Singh Marg that functions like a year round artisans’ haat curated by the craftsmen themselves. The sheer variety of stuff here made me fall in love.
Last year, I picked up an amazing terracotta vase from here at INR 2,000. I was so proud of this artifact that when it had served as a vase long enough, I just got a glass top for it and turned it into a funky side table. Yes, it’s such a versatile piece and at such a reasonable price.
The place stocks up high quality stuff and people who make these pieces are passionate about their creations which makes the shopping experience that much more fun. It’s not like Dilli Haat that’s kinda overdone now, or the crowded and jaded Janpath. It’s a nice, quiet place where you’re left to wander, explore, ponder and make your purchases in peace.
#LBBTip: They keep organising events like exhibitions and also offer a 10% discount if you ask for it.
Featured photo source: ShilpiHaat