Smithsonian Journeys India Issue

Nine Unique Gifts You Should Buy in Delhi

Smithsonian Journeys Quarterly

Delhi is a bazaar, author William Dalrymple writes, full of “riches and horrors … a labyrinth, a city of palaces … an anarchy, a press of people, a choke of fumes, a whiff of spices.” Built and rebuilt after conquests by Lodi, Mogul and British Empires, it practically exemplifies the idea of reincarnation. The city enthralls (and assails) the senses, as do its crafts—from the soft touch of a silk scarf to the scent of sandalwood soap.

Nappa Dori Leather Purse

Nappa Dori offers artisanal leather goods from key chains to overnight bags. The brand, created by young designer Gautam Sinha, translates literally as “leather and thread.” 25, Mehar Chand Market.

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