FabIndia

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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!”

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Clothing is available that is  multi-generational and ranges from  contemporary to traditional.

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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. Blockprinting

Some larger factory buildings have been built where the products are  made by Indian women using sewing machines. This provides modern mass production to satisfy the demand of the public.stitching.14300410_std

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.

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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.

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110331059_409So 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.

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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!

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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

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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21 Responses to FabIndia

  1. Hi Anne,
    Fab India is one of my favorites :).
    If you get time, do stop by to check out my today’s post on international food festival from India 🙂
    Thanks
    Sonal

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  2. I am impressed Anne. You are surely more Indian than I am. Awesome!

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  3. They have the most awesome stuff at their stores….and it’s highly tailored to the region of India the store is located in. I’ve visited the stores in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore, and come out with completely different things in hand! Glad you discovered them, Anne!

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    • annetbell says:

      I only went to one in Ahmedabad at Alpha One Mall. I think there was another one , too, but I didn’t go there. I heard that Mumbai is the flag ship store and has several stories…must be awesome. That is very interesting to have different merchandise but makes sense in a good marketing point of view! Thanks for the information! Namaste. . . . .

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  4. Harsha says:

    FabIndia indeed has pretty cool collections of Indian Dresses and Materials.. 🙂

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  5. Judy says:

    Love, love, love sandalwood soap from FabIndia! On our annual trek to the Punjab I buy out all the stocks of this favorite along the way — always come home with about 75 bars! No other soap compares in quality of scent both on the skin and as a room freshener for the bath!

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  6. chr1 says:

    Sounds like they’ve got a good thing going.

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    • annetbell says:

      I blogger wrote that she had been to three different stores in various places in her travels and the merchandise was different. Really cool store, and I was only in a small one. The flagship store is in Mumbai…would love to see that one! Namste. . . .

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  7. tiramit says:

    Interesting to learn something about the background of Fabindia. There are a few stores in Delhi, nice small pieces of furniture and lights, innovative deigns

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    • annetbell says:

      It is interesting. The man who started it died pretty young and now is son is running it. I am glad they have the school to help the children. Big tradition of philanthropic giving in the States. Namaste. . . . .

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  8. i*Kan says:

    <3<3<3 FabIndia. Great post.

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  9. emmawing55 says:

    This is a pretty impressive post. Fabindia in Mumbai is trusted online shopping brand. I myself prefer shopping at Fabindia and i am pretty happy with the what i have received.

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    • annetbell says:

      I think Fabindia in Mubai is the flagship store and I wanted to shop there but never got there. Just before we left Ahmedabad , we visited a second store which opened there. Love the colors, fabrics and quality! Bravo Fabindiia!

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