The monsoon may be playing hide-and-seek with Delhi, but umbrella season is officially here. For women and children, there are a host of new designs to choose from—among them Window umbrellas for kids and frilly ones for adults.
So if you are still using the black one-fold umbrella, it’s time to upgrade. On offer are Window umbrellas that are half opaque and come in a variety of prints and designs, or Vertical Window umbrellas that have transparent sides. In the One Part Window umbrella, one of the umbrella’s six-eight parts is transparent.
Old favourites—red-coloured Batman prints and Hannah Montana-themed umbrellas—are still around. “Any print with Disney characters in a square shape is popular,” says Yasin from Marshall Umbrellas in Sadar Bazaar. Sadar Bazaar, a crowded Old Delhi market, has around 40 umbrella shops. These shops are mainly wholesale but sell to retail customers also.
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A hot design this season is the polka-dot umbrella. These have two pretty layers of frills at the bottom. Says 10-year old Aashna Jha: “If I had to buy an umbrella I would buy a multicoloured polka-dot umbrella. Cartoon character umbrellas are also very nice.”
Frills are everywhere this season. “Almost everyone is looking for umbrellas with frills,” says Sorabh Jain, who works at Sadar Bazaar’s Rakhab Dass Jain and Sons, one of the largest umbrella dealers in the Capital. These are available in a wide range of colours, such as green, purple, red and maroon.
Also new are glossy parachute umbrellas, made from the cloth used for parachutes.
Those who don’t care what their umbrellas look like can choose from a range of utility brollies. Children’s umbrellas will cost you Rs85-150 while ladies’ umbrellas are priced at Rs150-450.
So go out and shop before it starts raining.