I love browsing markets – the joys of discovering shops with unusual wares, chats with the owner about their products and clientele and rifling through the exotic items – totally therapeutic and rejuvenating for me. One such unique discovery of mine is this quaint little shop in Nehru place which stocks a treasure trove of silken threads, interwoven with gossamer beads and strung up with metallic tints. Sandwiched amongst the haphazard collection of hardware, stationary, printing shops of Nehru Place, this gem of a shop held more surprises than one could imagine.
Aptly called Tassel & Trim, this store stocks almost every variety of furnishing accessories to beautify curtains, cushions, bed covers and what ever one can think of. So we have Bullion fringes, tassel fringes, pompom fringes, beaded fringes, braids, gimps, borders, decorative cords, trimmings, tiebacks, etc. ( Yup some of these names were French to me too!!) And did you know some of them are for curtains, some for cushions and some for furniture too. There was such an overload of information for my senses- both visual and analytical. And all this jostled for space in barely 100 square feet of shop area. The shelves were piled sky-high with wares and everywhere I looked, items were spilling out profusely as if each wanted to show off itself more than the other.
The shelves under the cash counter had rows upon rows of jars filled with beads- metal, glass, fabric, plastic; sequins, marbles and other such exotic stuff. Behind the counter were strung up flowers crafted out of jute and dyed in different colors. While my mind was toggling with craft ideas to use them in, I espied some adorable buttons which had me thinking of the dresses my mom used to make me wear when I was a kid.
There were some really amazing decorations; in fact I realized I can kit out a Christmas tree with ease and in minutes in this shop. There were embroidered hearts, clover leaves, medallions – sequins, suede, metal trims and beads, all were used to beautify these and make them very unique.
There were even doll house sized metal utensils like Teapots, strainers, pots and pans which were in gold and silver colors. Not to miss were the trumpets in various bright colors. I had stumbled upon a wonderland; was the Mad hatter waiting behind this door with a tea service?!!!
I was very impressed with their range of curtain brooches which I thought was a unique way to holding the curtains. And these were in pretty finishes and colours.
As I started perusing the shelves, the helpful owner came to my aid and started pointing out items and calling out their names. I grappled to make sense of it all and started to make some notes too but before long it all overwhelmed me. So I simply took loads of pictures and decided to make a pictorial inventory of this shop. And that’s what I have tried to represent in this article and hopefully it comes across.
Their selection of Curtain tiebacks include Single and Double Tassel Tiebacks and Beaded Tiebacks – all totalling about 500 in number! I loved the gorgeous detailing with the beads, crystals or just sequins. And the colours seemed infinite.
Their range of cushion tassel includes Key Tassels (small and large), Furniture Tassels, Xmas Tassels, Napkin Ring Tassels, Menu Card Tassels, Graduation Tassels, Flag Tassels, Bag Tassels, Holiday Tassels and many more- all totalling a selection of over 1000 tassel designs in their collection. Mind boggling isn’t it? Also check out the wooden and resin tiebacks that have been probably shaped on a spindle to have so many near perfect curves.
Don’t miss out on the decorative cords which seem to be in some amazing colors.
I simply adored these sequins studded heart-shaped cushions to adorn a Xmas tree. And what do I say about these tiny little trumpets in all these bright colours? They had it all – stars, medallions, silver balls, embroidery hoops with wreathes embroidered on the fabrics. Wow! This sure was some motley collection. And yes they had some fairy lights too, to complete the seasonal cheer.
Tassel and trim have one production unit situated in Delhi and another in Surat ,Gujarat. All their designs are done in-house and they take great pride in employing over 200 people directly and have another 500 working as out workers on various components. They supply to major retailers in India and all over the world as well.
Tassel & Trim
(a unit of Oriental Trimmings Pvt. Ltd.)
Shop No. 103,
75-76, Manisha Building,
New Delhi – 110019
Nehru Place is accessible through the Violet line on the Delhi Metro
One could also check out the huge number of export surplus fabric shops; suede, velvets, linen, prints, denim, stripes, etc.
Don’t forget to have a fresh glass of juice at one of the many juice shops in Nehru place.
The pavement vendors offer some amazing covers and cases for phone s and tablets and yes bargaining is a must.
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