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Let’s be honest, when we think of the word ‘Bazaar’, we believe it’s just about going to the nearest market and going into whatever outlets come your way. We tend to go to well-lit shops and purchase anything that catches our eye. So why do we need a Tour Guide for shopping in Bazaar? Well, GoSomewhere looks at this as a way to not only enrich your knowledge of places you visit but also as a way to promote our ‘LOCAL’ products sold in the bazaars. They have scoured the city for the best and most authentic locally produced products such as leather slippers and shoes, wooden and bamboo souvenirs, locally produced fruits and vegetables and more. Not only this, you can even converse with the local craftsman and further connect with them making the entire tour not only about shopping but also about learning! It is guaranteed that no device will ever be able to give you more insightful knowledge than the craftsmen themselves.
The word Iewduh literally translates to the biggest bazaar (‘iew’ means bazaar, ‘duh’ means biggest). However, according to Sweetymon Rynjah, a Shillong-based author, ‘duh’ also means refuge, a second chance — something Iewduh is ready to provide to anyone: the lost, the hungry, the poor. In the market, it is common to find local Khasi tribespeople but also migrant communities who set up shop decades ago.
Meghalaya is blessed with rich vegetation and we have 36 species of bamboo growing in the state. Cane and bamboo provide artisans with a huge opportunity to create beautiful & practical weaves, like the bamboo tea tray as seen here. These trays are a smart & eco-friendly alternative to regular plastic trays!
These stylish yet sturdy baskets called 'Shang ' made out of bamboo or cane are biodegradable also adding an aesthetic value that will make you want to use them for all your shopping sprees!
What? A non-porous and smooth hot beverage holder made entirely out of bamboo? Sounds weird even to us (when we first heard of it as kids of course). These cups can have engravings on them making them eligible for both usage and as a decor item.
These beautiful pieces of attire are known as the dhara or nara and are the traditional dress of Khasi women in Shillong. The dress is worn only during occasions or grand ceremonies like weddings.
These iconic Khasi traditional dresses will make literally anyone feel a sense of connection. Combine the dresses with ornaments for the ladies and the swords and shields for the men, and you have yourself the complete traditional look and feel of Meghalaya.
Meghalaya is home to the world's most sustainable silk - Eri Silk. You can bet that there are a bunch of uses for it in clothing. You can also get Traditional Woolen shawls, Muga Silk Sarees, and Traditional silk Stoles which are exceptional in their texture and unique designs.
Khasi and Jaintia women love to adorn themselves in bright red coral beaded or gold necklaces & earring sets. These beautiful pieces of jewellery are available for both men and women. These thick coral beads called the 'Paila ' are worn during festive occasions and the pendant called 'Kynjri Ksiar ' is made of 24-carat gold.
These red beauties are a sight to behold! There are a variety of designs to choose from. The Khasi women wear these in combination with their traditional attires and jewellery.
Most Khasi women pin their hair up using these intricately designed bamboo hair clips. These eco-friendly accessories are light and easy on the hair, giving you a unique look!
Ashtrays, Wooden Flasks, Baskets and a lot more products for your home and personal usage. Made with Bamboo and Wood these are crafted to bring a little traditional feel to the products you use.
Whenever you purchase hand-crafted decorative candles, you are contributing to helping provide a sustainable livelihood for the local artisans. These candles will provide comfort and light when there is no power or you could use them for special occasions to brighten up the mood!
With no dearth of skilled craftsmen, you can place an order for a well-fitted pair of sandals according to your size & design of your choice, made with top-quality leather material!
This organically produced tea has never and will never be treated with chemicals or pesticides. Every sip is the result of sheer dedication and pure love of the farmers of Mawlyngot, East Khasi Hills. Tea drinking plays an important part in many households to sit down together and have conversations over ' sha dud' (milk tea) or ' sha saw ' (red tea) with local snacks!
Meghalaya's own high-quality indigenous coffee! Locally grown, handpicked & freshly roasted, you can choose your own beans' strength and roast profile to suit your mood every time you crave a cuppa. Although coffee plantation is relatively new and limited in Meghalaya, the region is ideal for producing distinctive quality coffee.
Lakadong Turmeric from 'Lakadong' in Jaintia Hills - this special type of turmeric must be a part of your daily intake as it has incredible medicinal properties. Curcumin, the active ingredient present in Lakadong turmeric, is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. You can mix a teaspoon with tea or with warm water & honey. With this blend, you are adding one more healthy step to your daily routine!
With the preservation of natural proteins, vitamins and other useful enzymes, raw honey is sustainably sourced and unprocessed, free of artificial additives & preservatives. And with every purchase of local honey, you help promote and sustain the traditional beekeepers of Meghalaya. Raw honey has antiviral fungal properties, boosts immune functions, promotes digestive health and many more benefits!
If you are a lover of fruits and wine, then you will love locally brewed fruit wines of Meghalaya! Wine can be made from every possible fruit available here. Sohiong ( black cherry), Soh Mon (meyna laxiflora) or Sohtrun (pineapple) wine are some of the most popular ones amongst others. One must also try banana, peach, plum or strawberry wine - the more, the merrier.
Your kitchen cabinet may have the best cutlery set but trust us when we tell you that you need a Khasi knife too!! It is an ode to indigenous craftsmanship - sharp and handy, this knife holds a special place in all Khasi homes. Locally called 'Tari', this knife could possibly replace your shiny knives as your new favourite cutlery!
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Yes, you read that right! Another ingenious use of bamboo as a sound amplifier. The hollow part of the bamboo plant reflects sounds at a louder volume. These speakers are a must-have for music lovers and make a great gifting product!
Kosha is a Shillong-based independent group crafting these organic products. Making the utmost use of the ingredients from Mother Nature
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