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Shanti Mohalla at Seelampur is the hub for a variety of surplus fabrics which are sold cheap.
Shanti means peace but the name doesnt quite describe this bustling market. Located at Seelampur in East Delhi,Shanti Mohalla is a labyrinth of textile shops.
The surplus textile from Noida,Gurgaon,Surat and Bangalore finds its way to this locality. It is a hub of a variety of export fabrics cotton,denim,linen,silk,etc which is sold both wholesale and retail. Fresh textile is also available which the traders buy directly from the mills.
Whether it is surplus or fresh,textile here is cheapest of all. Starting from Rs 25-30 a kg,the price goes as high as Rs 500 a kg. There is a street exclusively for cheap textile accessories such as fancy buttons,borders,laces and hangings.
Set up in 1975-76,the market had only seven-eight shops but now it has more than 1,000, says Shyam Sunder Aggarwal,who started his Lakshya Udyog here in 1978. Elected president of the market for the seventh time,Aggarwal has seen the place evolving from a surplus market to a full-fledged textile market.
The market closely follows the trend. Whether it is brocade,net or any other material making headlines in the fashion world,people will surely turn up here for the stuff. And the trader also tries his best that designs are not very repetitive. Also available are ladies suit pieces,cut pieces and sarees.
Even after so much variety and range for every class,the market does not witness business for the whole year. The peak season is from January to June, says Manoj Sharma,owner of M K Enterprise.
With more than 1,000 shops in 18 streets which are not wide enough for two cars to pass,parking is one of the biggest problems here. The parking,which is being built by the authorities,is under construction even after four years, says Aggarwal.
A piece of advice: patience is the key in this market. If wholesalers are in the shop,retailers have to stand back. And keep a good eye on your belongings.