I travelled to Goa in South India for the first time just before the rainy season, and was lucky enough to make it to the very last night market of the season. Part-party, part-market, Goa’s infamous Saturday night market is lit by fairy lights, filled with bars and food stalls, and accompanied by DJs and live music.
After combing row upon row of stalls selling everything from tie-dyed silk dresses and antique Buddhist mandalas, to embroidered bed spreads and tea and spices, I eventually happened upon a Lambadi tribeswoman dripping in silver.
These women, known as the “gypsies of India”, were originally forest dwellers and wear mirrored clothes for protection. Their aesthetic was completely irresistible to me; I couldn’t help purchasing this small mirrored pouch from the tribeswoman, hoping that by doing so I could imitate her look, even just a little.
Post-purchasing frenzy, I took my little pouch and my husband and whirled them both around the market’s dance floors until our heads swam. Here’s hoping this little drawstring, mirrored pouch will make you do similarly mad things in exotic lands.
Condition: A few mirrors missing and cracked, a few loose threads, all part of the charm of this vintage item
Material: Embroidered cotton, mirrors, tin buttons
Size: Body of bag 16cm in length, strap 53cm in length
** Pieces featured in Nina’s Bazaar are vintage, pre-loved or handmade one-offs so there may be imperfections which add to the character of each piece.