Open: Mon to Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm. Chandni Chowk specialises in textiles, hand made in India and Bangladesh by wonderfully skilled crafts people to a very high quality. We are a fair trade company producing two main fashion collections annually (Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter) along with several satellite collections usually with something extra special about them such as our Tussah silk collection or Organic cotton range. We also have a constantly updated Interiors collection which follows no set seasons, it simply grows and changes as and when inspiration dictates! To compliment both of these departments we have a range of accessories and jewellery.Established by Rosalind Price and Paul Garrod in 1978, joined by Suzie Murrow in 1996, Chandni Chowk acquired its name from an early customer who said we reminded her of the ancient 'Chandni Chowk' market in Delhi. The name is Hindi and roughly translates as "shiny/silver/bright-place/area".
Over the years we have built many long standing relationships, and now work with many different groups of crafts people across India and Bangladesh (amounting to several hundred people in total). Our main garment range and a large proportion of our Block Printed Interiors collection are labelled as 'accacia' rather than Chandni Chowk. These collections are designed jointly by the Chandni Chowk (Devon Based) and Anokhi (India based) design and production teams. We have created the accacia label as a means of expressing this exciting joint venture to our customers. Other products carry the usual Chandni Chowk label and this covers all the other wonderful producers we work with. We work to varying degrees with several hundred people in India and Bangladesh, to produce our fair trade fashion, interiors and accessories collections.
Some projects are with very small cottage industries, others with much larger organisations (such as Anokhi). We try to make regular visits and meet our producers on site and sometimes we stay in their homes. In addition to this, we are in regular (most days) email contact with India. From the larger organisations one or more key people will also occasionally come and visit our offices in Devon, usually as part of a programme to promote their work or that of others they work with. The skill and creativity of our producers is quite exceptional and we believe represents some of the finest handwork currently available in the contemporary market.
Some of the people we work with are farmers who use textile craft as a supplement to their main income. During the monsoon season most production simply comes to a halt as farming takes priority. Printing becomes difficult as the fabrics do not get a chance to dry out properly between stages. We have to allow for these factors when planning production and delivery dates.