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The Home Of Bengal Hand Embroidery

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This 80-Year-Old Shop Off Park Street Stocks Home Furnishings With French-Style Embroidery

Editors posted on 25 January

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Stock up on some of the best home linen at this store.

A Stitch In Time

This unassuming 80-year-old store with bright blue doors and windows {close to Mocambo’s}, is a bit of a hidden gem. Everyone knows about Bengal’s kantha work — that’s the first thing that comes to mind when you say the two words ‘Bengal” and “embroidery”. But few people know that the state specialises in French stitching and knot stitching. The tradition dates back to the colonial era when Europeans slept on white linen sheets, often embellished with embroidery and lace. This shop is one of the remaining old stores that still do this work. Walk in and you will find the {somewhat reclusive} owner SK Mazharul Islam behind the counter on most days. His father SK. Jauhar Ali started the store.

The shop is full of old wooden and glass cabinets stacked with beautifully-embroidered home furnishings {bedcovers and sheets, table cloths, mats and napkins} in different colours and shapes {rectangle, square, round}.

Deck The Furniture

You can pick up single and double bedcovers {with pillow covers} from INR 500. The tablecloths are from INR 100 {they also stock sizes for centre tables}. Ask for the ones with cutout work and lace. The best pieces are white-on-white or light colours on white — they look like delicate linen from France.

Anything Else?

They also stock embroidered saris {in cotton and voil} from INR 410, and salwar-suits and dress materials from INR 380. You will love the delicate white smocked frocks for children with lightweight embroidery {from INR 60}. Known as pennies, they are great for summers.

You can also get your own saree or a material and get it embroidered from here. They will help you with the design.

A somewhat recent addition {check out the latter half of the signage that says “& all kinds of leather goods” in a much smaller font} are the leather jackets {from INR 700} and luggage bags {from INR 800}.

Prices are fixed, so no bargaining and they accept only cash.

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Handicrafts Stores

The Home Of Bengal Hand Embroidery

    Location Details
    locationTaltala

    56/C, Mirza Ghalib Street, Taltala, Kolkata

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    Handicrafts Stores

    The Home Of Bengal Hand Embroidery

    locationTaltala