Being a part of Bengal, I have always been inclined towards the rural craftsmanship of the state, be it the handloom cottons or the “Kaantha” embroidered work. There is something about the fashion inspired by this craftsmanship which is timeless, classy and elegant. It was during one such quest for Handloom fashion that I chanced upon the boutiques at the Hindustan Park road and it left me speechless.
As you walk down the road from the Gariahat side, you’ll come across the first handloom boutique, Bunkaari India. From what it looked like from the shop windows, it seemed to house a lot of contemporary styles, intermingled with traditional craftsmanship.
Right opposite is Onset which is more of a lifestyle and home decor boutique. What interests me more about this store is the beautiful use of bright colors in their products.
From Onset, if you walk straight on the adjoining road, you’ll find Tia Pakhi, a boutique with a Kaantha Stitch collection to die for. I have been totally eyeing their Lip-Print stoles and Kaantha bow-ties. No prizes for guessing what I am planning to splurge on next month.
Last, but not the least, a few steps ahead stands royally my favorite, Byloom.
I may sound a little biased here, but this place is a must-visit. They have a variety of fashion and lifestyle designer products suited to your style and budget. As you enter, you start getting an old world vintage Kolkata essence reeking throughout. The people are super friendly and ever so ready to help.
And if you get tired shopping, which is rare, you can grab a bite or two at their own cafe. I decided to sip onto a cup of tea and watch the rain and the moment it stopped, I rushed to Mrs Magpie for a super chocolaty treat.
So the next time you plan to indulge in some delicate craftsmanship, do give this road I try. I am sure you will love it. I’ll be back soon with another post. Till then, Happy Shopping!