What you see - Khadi Store in Sector 22, Chandigarh, is an initiative of Khadi Gram Udyog. The store is right in front of the main parking of the sector; near Kiran Cinema. The automatic glass doors open up to a world of natural products.
What you get - Khadi store offers a wide range of products which include herbal beauty products, healthcare products, Khadi garments, jewelry and metal show pieces. It is a spacious air-conditioned store.
To the right side of the entrance is the counter for women`s casual wear, usually khadi/cotton kurtis. Next to it is the silk saree counter. Both, contemporary and traditional designs are available here. The price range varies depending on the fabric and work, but casual wear kurtis can be found within the price range of Rs. 300 to Rs. 800. Although there are mirrors in the store, the absence of trial rooms makes buying a little difficult.
Apart from a wide range of natural skin care and hair care products, they have an interesting range of healthcare products such as organic extracts (gooseberry, jambul, bitter gourd etc), herbal teas and organic fruit preserves.
You will see a small counter in the middle of the store where jewelry and natural perfumes are displayed. You can find casual jewelry here, mostly handmade, and thus expensive, in the range of Rs. 200 to 2000. There is another jewelry section which has heavy traditional jewelry in stone, metal and silver work. Next is the counter for bronze and copper show pieces. These decorative pieces are available in very small as well as very large sizes. The latter can be used as a center piece in the drawing room. The show pieces are expensive because of their intricate artwork and use of pure metal.
On exploring further, you will find a detailed display of khadi wear for men, women and kids.
Khadi also showcases a few books for sale. These books are related to the subject of natural healthcare and alternate medicine. Creative stationery items such as handmade personal diaries and envelopes are also available.
A bill is provided at the end of shopping. The prices are fixed with no room for bargaining. If you want to exchange your purchase, you must come back with the bill. You cannot return your purchase in any case.
Our verdict – Khadi has products that fit everyone’s pocket. The store is generally not very crowded, which facilitates an easy and better shopping experience. Parking, though free, can be a problem.
Anytime between - 10 AM - 7 PM
- By Bimal Walia