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    Stock up on Indian handicrafts at these flea markets

    This weekend, steer clear of the malls and shop at these indie flea markets. Bringing together the best of the country’s handlooms and handicrafts, these are the perfect places to binge on some gifts and knick-knacks for the home.

    The Big Desi Flea Market
    The Big Desi Flea Market at Whitefield is a great place for some much needed retail therapy. Mamtha Kiran, the director of the event says, “Shopping is now restricted to malls. I felt the real market experience has drastically decreased over the years. This is an attempt to bring that back.” The bazaar will showcase a variety of authentic products from all across India to mark Independence Day. Choose from chikankari kurtis from Lucknow, and handblock-printed textiles from Jaipur. A range of saris from Kanchipuram, West Bengal and Rajasthan will also be on display. If you’re looking to update your jewellery collection, stop by stalls selling exquisite handmade pieces, sourced from Odisha, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
    At VR Bengaluru, Whitefield.
    August 13-15. Details: 9900087189

    All Night Flea Market
    Give those parties a miss and head to
    this moonlit shopping extravaganza, at The Symbiosis School of Media and Communi-cation. Spic Macay teams up with the media school for the All Night Flea Market, Symbi Bazaar this Sunday. Apart from hosting an array of designers and artisans, the bazaar has given space to local entrepreneurs to share their crafts. Online aggregators will also be bringing in handmade products from different parts of the country. Those looking for a quick bite can stop by the numerous bakery popups, or the food court, courtesy Hotel Crowne Plaza.
    7 pm to 7 am. Sunday and Monday. At Electronic City. Details: 9634202103

    —Anagha M

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