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    Iewduh - The Khasi All-Women Market

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Sep 21, 2013

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    While in Shillong, a trip to the Iewduh (Bara Bazaar) or Big Market is a must. Be forewarned though. The alleys are narrow, dirty, full of water seepage and downright messy. However, if you have plucked up enough courage then the experience of shopping in one of the largest, oldest and most traditional markets in the entire North-East is thrilling, to say the least. The fact that almost all the shops are managed by women makes it an even more exotic outing. But that is in keeping with the matriarchal custom prevalent amongst Khasis.

    The produce is refreshingly organic, fresh and a treat to the eyes. The vegetables are a riot of colours and bursting with good health; the fish section spoils you for choice; the meat and chicken areas are equally inviting. And the best part are the prices - they are almost half that of tony Laitumkhrah (Iew Shyllong) or upscale Laban or even Polo Market. Iewduh gives you more bang for your buck. The reason is that this market is meant for the common folk as the name itself signifies, 'duh' in Khasi meaning 'common people' or 'ordinary people' and 'iew' is 'market'.

    Besides food items, you will find goldsmith shops cheek by jowl with hardware outlets. Kitchen appliances are also available in a bewildering variety. If you feel like a quick haircut or even a shave, a line of barber shops beckon you. Need a quick stitching done? Tailoring shops are only a turn away. Almost anything and everything is available here - including first-hand garments sold at second-hand rates.

    The best buys here for tourists are original Lakadong village (Jaintia Hills district) shyrmit (turmeric) powder, sohmynken khnai or tiny green and red chillies (NOT sohmynken kba or big green and red chillies), sohmirit (Khasi pepper) and perhaps, ryndiah (muga silk) shawls. The last is used for presentation to high-ranking guests and is available for gents as well as for ladies. It is made out of silk threads of silkworms, made by hand and is totally organic. The pure ones cost upwards of INR 25,000/- Its secret is - the more times you wash it, the softer and warmer it becomes. The purest shyrmit (tumeric) should cost you INR 400/- per kilo while the unmixed variety of sohmirit (Khasi pepper) sells at INR 1,000/- per kilo.

    This sohmynken khnai may be left out in the sun for at least 4 days or till they become completely dry. Then you may pound it and reduce it to powder form. Or you may make pickles out of them. Either way, it is not only delicious but also medicinal (BP, diabetics). It is rather expensive though, INR 1,000/- for a kilo.

    The market is managed directly by the Syiem of Mylliem who performs certain rituals every year (April) in a fenced-off area of the market, known as 'Khlieh Iew' or 'the head of the market'. Huge monoliths, called 'mawbynnas' in the local language, mark the spot. The religious ceremony invokes the blessings of 'U Blei Shyllong' or the 'God of Shillong' and the market deity, 'Ka Iew Lei Hat Lei Khyrdop', for trade to flourish and for the upliftment of the economy of 'Hima Mylliem'.

    Besides this, Iewduh has a special significance for the Khasis. As Iewduh falls on each and every 8th. day, Khasis never start anything auspicious on that day, be it buying a new car or starting a construction or holding a marriage ceremony or an engagement ceremony. This is like their disinclination or custom-prohibition to start anything new during the month of April. All such calculations are based on the lunar calendar.

    A link for purchasing a hotter variety of this chilly, Sohmynken Pyllon, is here:

    www.ebay.in/itm/Chilli-Sohmynken-Pyllon-Hottest-Chilli-Worlds-Best-Aromatic-Mountain-Chilli-/290971866682?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item43bf46563a



    First Written: Sep. 20, 2013

    What to buy: Original Lakadong village (Jaintia Hills district) shyrmit (turmeric) powder
    Sohmynken khnai or tiny green and red chillies (NOT sohmynken kba or big green and red chillies)
    Sohmirit (Khasi pepper)
    Ryndiah (muga silk) shawls.

    What to pay: Bargaining a must

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    Cashew nuts from Phulbari, West Garo Hills

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Oct 18, 2010

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    What to buy: Cashew nuts are grown in the hot plain belt of Meghalaya in the Phulbari area of West Garo Hills district adjoining Assam. Three main varieties of cashew nuts are available in the market. These come in plastic packets of half kg. each. The variety is adjudged according to a code which the buyers may not be aware of. These are:
    Best quality (Code=6 J) @ Rs. 440/- per kg.
    Medium quality (Code=4 J) @ Rs. 420/- per kg.
    Low quality (Code=1 JJ) @ Rs. 360/- per kg.

    The Department of Co-Operation, Govt. of Meghalaya has the Garo Hills' Cotton and Ginning Oil Mills Ltd at Phulbari under the Co-operative sector. Also, there are private player in the field, the best one being B.R. Industries, Phulbari, whose owner is Makhanlal Agarwal.

    What to pay: Best quality (Code=6 J) @ Rs. 440/- per kg.
    Medium quality (Code=4 J) @ Rs. 420/- per kg.
    Low quality (Code=1 JJ) @ Rs. 360/- per kg.

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    Open Market in Tura: Cashew Nuts

    by anilpradhanshillong Written Oct 8, 2010

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    Market place in Tura.

    What to buy: Cashew nuts are grown in the hot plain belt of Meghalaya in the Phulbari area of West Garo Hills district adjoining Assam. Three main varieties of cashew nuts are available in the market. These come in plastic packets of half kg. each. The variety is adjudged according to a code which the buyers may not be aware of. These are:

    Best quality (Code=6 J) @ Rs. 440/- per kg.
    Medium quality (Code=4 J) @ Rs. 420/- per kg.
    Low quality (Code=1 JJ) @ Rs. 360/- per kg.

    The Department of Co-Operation, Govt. of Meghalaya has the Garo Hills' Cotton and Ginning Oil Mills Ltd at Phulbari under the Co-operative sector. Also, there are private player in the field, the best one being B.R. Industries, Phulbari, whose owner is Makhanlal Agarwal. His cell number is 94361161121.

    What to pay: Best quality (Code=6 J) @ Rs. 440/- per kg.
    Medium quality (Code=4 J) @ Rs. 420/- per kg.
    Low quality (Code=1 JJ) @ Rs. 360/- per kg.

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    Shopping of Souvenir & other things.

    by goutammitra Written Apr 1, 2010

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    Police Bazaar is the main shopping area of Shillong. If you are looking for anything, you must look at the shops of Police Bazaar of Shillong. But please try your bargaining skill here as in all hill stations, things are heavily priced. They have a tendency to charge more from the tourists. But from the locals they do not charge more.

    More or less you shall get here everything you would need to buy, right from items for daily need to Kashi, Naga artefacts. Have a look at the pictures to get an idea of the place.

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    Khasi Emporium: Handmade Khasi/ Naga Souvenier

    by goutammitra Written Mar 11, 2010

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    Police Bazaar is the central place in Shillong where you can get almost everything when it comes to shopping. Apart from this there is Bara Bazaar or Lewduh. Here you can pick up all ethnic stuff from exotic fruit and pickle (bamboo shoot recommended) to forest honey, particularly at the mega market on the eighth day of the unique Khasi week. Good buys include mounted butterflies, hand-woven shawls, orange honey, black mushrooms, Khasi dresses for women, pineapple, orange and other fruit products. The interesting shopping area is Bara Bazaar. There are seasonal fruits and other fresh produce, local handicrafts and exotic items.
    Some important outlets are:
    Meghalaya Handloom and Handicrafts
    Purbashree
    Manipur Emporium
    Tantuja
    Assam Emporium
    Nagaland Handloom and Handicraft

    What to buy: There are hand made souvenirs available here too such as knives, cotton bags, shawls, wooden cutlery and osier work. Wooden cutlery, dried flower decoration, traditional silk apparels, shawls, and wire mesh artwork are recommended.

    What to pay: Please refresh your bargaining Skills.

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