Sofi Arts & Crafts: "Beautiful Kashmiri Arts & Crafts in Fort Cochin" Kochi Shopping Tip by Christine74

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  Sofi Arts & Crafts
by Christine74

When I was Fort Cochin this year I randomly entered Sofi Arts & Crafts, a small shop on Quiros Street. I ended up staying and talking to the owner a long time and I bought some beautiful scarves. The owner, Sofi, is a 28 year old Kashmiri. He surprised me with his honesty and the different (not pushy!) way in which he worked. This was certainly a relief from most shops and sellers!

Sofi is starting up his own business this year. During summer he travelled al through Kashmir and bought his stock directly from the families who make the scarves, wall hangings and other arts and crafts that he wants to sell in his shop.

In Fort Cochin there are a lot of shops selling scarves and other Kashmiri arts and crafts. Why is this one different? Because Sofi is his own boss and is trying to start a business. He does not work for commission and he does not get told of when he doesn't sell anything. Because Sofi only sells quality, nothing bought from factories. And most of all, because Sofi will not lie and rather sells something too cheaply than for a rip off price.

What to pay: Hard to say, Sofi sells small silk scarves for a few hundred rupees, but also beautiful delicate woollen scarves for thousands of rupees.

Address: 1/642 Quiros Street
Directions: The shop is in Fort Cochin, close to Princess Street. Walk from the Chinese nets through Princess Street, turn right at the big intersection. Then take the first left into Quiros Street. It's the last shop in the row of shops on the left.
othercontact: +91 484 2215134
Phone: +91 9567372393
Theme: Women's Clothes

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  • Written Oct 25, 2011
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