A handful of Mumbai’s most fashionable women sell handcrafted textiles, clothing, and jewelry from their sprawling heritage homes. Make an appointment and leave time to explore and socialize; prices are typically unmarked and sales cash-only. Designer Hema Shroff Patel (91-98/2115-0212) traffics in tunics, stoles, and shawls woven by villagers, while Geeta Khandelwal (91-22/2352-1275) focuses on patchwork quilts, beaded and crocheted evening bags, and jewelry made with colorful buttons. And the traditional but chic skirts, tunics, saris, and scarves of Perveez Aggarwal’s My Beautiful Embroideries (mybeautifulembroideries.tradeindia.com) revive the fine Chinese-influenced, flora- and fauna-inspired hand embroidery of her Parsi ancestors.
James T. Murray