Shop for rural crafts in an urban marketplace
DESI works with rural artisans from Shimoga to create beautiful textiles. It also sells wares that are also eco-friendly, created without using harmful chemicals.
THE DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE
When you shop at DESI, you help support their efforts advocating for those living in rural areas, provide a sustainable livelihood for their handloom workers and protect the environment.
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Good for kids
DESI stands for Developing Ecologically Sustainable Industries, and also means “indigenous” in various Indian tongues. It was set up to provide weavers with a place to sell their handcrafted wares.
The flagship store, with it’s beautiful red oxidised floor, was converted from an old house. Plus, it carries a range of eco-friendly items like clothing, scarves, and chemical-free quilts.
The DESI stores also have extensive book collections about tradition, sustainability and literature in English and Kannada.
- Elita Almeida