What you see –
A paanwala smearing the betel leaf with kattha and lime paste while preparing meetha paan for his customers and a mehendi artist adorning the hands of his customers with beautiful intricate designs are what you see at the entrance of the National Handloom House
near Law Garden in Ahmedabad.
Stalls of juices and ice creams can be seen bustling with crowd inside the premises. At the other end a mini vegetable market has been set up with green vegetables on sale.
The handloom house is a three storied building with counters set up for different products. Every nook and corner including the floor is well utilized to stack the products.
What you get –
National Handloom House offers home furnishings, kitchenware, apparels, footwear and more. Jootis, Mojris and kolhapuri chappals in all sizes and colors are stacked in shelves against the wall. Brass and copper figurines of almost all deities in all sizes and shapes are arranged in neat rows. Fabulous brass lanterns hanging from the wall catch your eye. A large collection of paintings are framed in beautiful wooden designs. Wooden clock, photo frames, vases and pots are available too. We spotted a beautiful idol of Ganesha placed on a banyan leaf (Rs. 400).
Junk jewelry consisting of earrings, studs encrusted with stones, anklets, bracelets apart from butterfly clips are there too. You get kundan earrings in amazing shades of green, blue and pink for Rs. 500. There is a wide collection of jewelry boxes made from metal in different shapes and sizes too. Cute hookahs in yellow, red and green color are definitely worth a look. There is also a crockery section with plates, bowls, spoons, cups, mugs and many other items are available in the crockery section to choose from.
The first floor of National Handloom House is dedicated to kids with T-shirts, skirts, bags, soft toys, stationeries, trousers, capris etc. There are cute little kedias and chaniya cholis for your little ones.
Proceed to the women’s section on the second floor and you will find a huge range of cotton, Banaras, Bengal cotton, chiffon, georgette and crepe sarees
. Salwar kameez
in all possible colors and designs, bandhini dupattas, knee length as well as short skirts, sleeveless kurtis, tops, capris and ghaghra cholis are there too. Wallets, shoulder bags (Rs. 200 onwards), cloth and jute bags also find a place in the racks. Men’s wear is on the third floor with trousers
, shirts, T-shirts, white shirts, slim fit shirts, jeans
and kedias. We loved the colorful turbans displayed here.
The home furnishing section is on the ground floor and their extensive collection is likely to confuse you. There are single and double bedspreads (Rs. 125 onwards) in every design and pattern, pillow covers, cushion covers, pillows, towels, mats, rugs, quilts, carpets
, doormats, curtain fabrics, curtains
, curtain accessories, sofa covers and throws.
Counters selling ready-to-eat food like chips, wafers, cold drinks, juices, pickles and chocolates have been installed too. Ready-to-fry snacks are there as well. You also get a glass of tasty lassi for Rs. 15. A little away, the National Handloom House has a separate wing for sweets, snacks and refreshments for hungry shoppers.
Our verdict –
National Handloom House in Ahmedabad has a decent and extensive collection of home furnishings and home décor. All your shopping needs are satisfied under one roof. The best part is you get a large selection of items to choose from and the products are competitively priced. Parking space is available within the basement. Open on Sundays too.
Anytime between –
10 AM - 10 PM
By Pooja Nair