India and shopping….this is for me! I actually found out about these lovely stores near the end of our time in India. We were spending the weekend with some friends in Baroda. I noticed the lovely bed covers and asked where they bought them. The hostess told me about fabindia and laughingly commented that “Only an American could come to India, buy up Indian products, raise the price, and sell them back, so successfully to the Indian people!”
Clothing is available that is multi-generational and ranges from contemporary to traditional.
The company started exporting Indian ethnic hand-made products under the name fabindia in 1960. The first stores in India opened in 1976 selling clothing, furnishings, fabrics, and ethic handmade produces. Today there are 170 in country with 40,000 artisans and craftspeople now producing for the company. Some are still working in village homes, though quality control is difficult under these circumstances.
There is a school in Rajasthan where many of the crafts originated called Fabindia School and was started in 1992. This is part of the company’s philanthropy to give back to India. It is coeducational with 600 students, and 40% of the students are girls. The company subsidizes the tuition to encourage more girls and is completely committed for education for the them.
We decided to bring home some bed covers for our children and also for ourselves. There was no problem getting king size, but there is no shipping to the States. The cost for 4 king size spreads was less than $300 total. We figured this is about 50% less for this quality at home. There is a website but as yet the mechanize is not available here.
So what is special about his bag? It is a great idea in India with cloth reusabe bags not just in the food stores but as you shop in other stores. Some are made of very elegant, sheer material. Of course they are eco- friendly as well as provide jobs for many Indian women! There are even various sizes available and I brought some home with me.
One exciting thing, is that now there are stores in more countries as you can see, but still not in the US. Louis Vuitton is now a part owner, so that gives you an idea about the quality of the merchandise. He has opened a store in the great shopping city of Roma!
So if you see a fabindia store anywhere you shop, go on in and be surrounded by the colors and sights of fabulous India! You won’t be disappointed.
Namaste. . . .This Is Incredible India