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INDIA IMPORTS of Rhode Island
|Do You Remember 1967-1968?
Our first retail store, EMPORIUM-INDIA, opened in 1967 in Providence, RI, importing primarily traditional Indian clothing and handicrafts. Now called Spectrum, it's still on Thayer Street today.
In 1968, the first retail brochure for INDIA IMPORTS of Rhode Island was published. Cover art featured a poster of
VISWAVIRAT SWARUPMAN (see left).
|Inside the 1968 brochure,
one could find
(among other items):
36 different packages
A dozen types
of beaded necklaces.
(Cover of 1969 brochure
shown at left)
|Share YOUR Memories With Us and Others|
From Diana R of NC:
In 1968 my friends and I would take a bus to downtown Prov. just to spend the day in your store. You had the most interesting store downtown. The people were so nice and friendly. There was so much to explore! Clothes, bags, fabrics, jewelry, the unique lovely little bells that graced most jewelery items, especially earrings and bracelets. As soon as you walked in the door a wonderful fragrance would greet you. So many unique, wonderful exotic scents found only there!
...As soon as we had a few dollars saved we wanted to hop the bus to Emporium India for our next item. I bought my first maxi dress there and it was the most comfortable item I ever owned. A pair of sandals and a summer day was made complete!
Wendy L from NY writes:
Do you have a favorite memory of India Imports of Rhode Island?
Did you work for us at one time? Have photos of our early styles?
Do you have a favorite memory of the 60s or 70s in general?
Share your memories with us and others who visit the Adini Website by entering them into our GUEST BOOK. Well publish them in Adinis Memory Lane in future as space permits.
Answer to Adini's First Trivia Quiz
USHA Maxidress, named after the sister of India Imports of Rhode Island's founder.
Maudie H tells us:
Answer to Adini’s Second Trivia Quiz
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