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.
Traditionally Stitched Silk Scarf
This Khadi dupatta, or scarf, features birds and geometric flowers in the kantha style created by using a running stitch typical of rural Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. Sold at Dasktari Haat’s adjacent sari shop, 39 Khan Market (2nd floor).