Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Asia
Reload this Page > Custom made Boots and Bags in New Delhi?

Custom made Boots and Bags in New Delhi?

Reply

Aug 16th, 2011, 08:05 AM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 17
Custom made Boots and Bags in New Delhi?

Hi - Im traveling to New Delhi in India and would love to have some a pair of boots and a handbag custom made for me? Is this something that is done in India at an affordable price? Anyone have any recommendations to specific shops or makers?
StefR is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 16th, 2011, 11:35 AM
  #2
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 12,403
Boots are not a common type of footwear in most of India.

I'd certainly ask to see samples of a cobblers work before I put down any deposit. Indians will rarely tell you, "No it can't be done" outright, so you need to dig a little deeper!
lcuy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 16th, 2011, 02:12 PM
  #3
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,924
Note Lcuy's comments! It's true that they will not turn down work, even if they aren't good at it.

Quality of workmanship can be very inconsistent. What the shop thinks is "good" quality, might not be your idea of good quality. Spending time trying to find a place to make boots and a bag may take up too much time and yield nothing. Clothing is often custom made, but not shoes and handbags.
Jaya is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 16th, 2011, 02:21 PM
  #4
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 28,924
remember leather (cow) is not an item that indians use very often..

i did buy some leather from a shop in santucci shopping area in new delhi and jackets were made for us in agra, plus belts
rhkkmk is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 16th, 2011, 03:29 PM
  #5
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,924
Leather can be WORN by Hindus, but it's almost always Muslims who work in the leather tanning and garment manufacturing. Just a little cultural tidbit.
Jaya is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 16th, 2011, 04:22 PM
  #6
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 28,924
good info jaya
rhkkmk is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 16th, 2011, 11:27 PM
  #7
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 12,403
That leather shop where Bob got his stuff at Santushti market is really nice. I really wanted to bring home some of their gorgeous desk accessories.
lcuy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Aug 17th, 2011, 10:25 AM
  #8
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 17
Thanks for the replies. I hadn't really thought about having any leather goods made (for the reasons mentioned above about the cows) until I saw an old blog post mentioning quality work getting done there. I can't get in touch with the owner. Maybe its a bigger secret than I realize? Or maybe she just got lucky?
StefR is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:46 AM.