ALLAHABAD: This Diwali , city residents are preferring unique indigenous articles for their home decor over Chinese or other products.
From designer diyas to water proof pipe jhalars to Karnataka-made entrance arches to cloth lamps, desi decorative items showcase their antique appeal, attracting a large number of customers.
Items from South India such as rangolis , chandeliers, entrance arches, bamboo flower pots, and desi fairy lights are selling like hot cakes.
Traders across the city claimed that his year, there has been more demand for indigenous products, especially decorative items from Karnataka, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Haryana. Despite their high costs, they are being sold in large numbers.
President of Prayag Vyapaar Mandal, Vijay Arora, told TOI, “Noticing the change in shopping trend among customers during Janmashtami, traders had placed orders of indigenous decorative articles from different states two months prior to Diwali, and had stocked their godowns.
Nitin, another trader, said majority of urban and rural based traders have stocked indigenous items in view of a series of campaigns against Chinese goods.
Dhananjay Singh, president of Mundera Vyapaar Mandal said, “Sangam city is a big market of the region comprising Kaushambi, Pratapgarh, Jaunpur and adjoining areas wherein traders from small towns and villages arrive to purchase goods in wholesale. This year, the sale of indigenous decorative items has witnessed a rise in our belt.”