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Women selling items ranging from fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and dried fish to local herbs, clothes and woollens and traditional costumes. Metal and bamboo items are also found in the shops. The Mekhala / mekhla / mekhela or the hand-woven women's skirt is also to be seen here, in a large pile!
Ima Keithel (Mother's Market) in Imphal is the only market in the world where all the stalls are run by women. Around 3500 women run their business in this market.
The Khwairamband Bazaar, Imphal, Manipur is a marketplace with peculiar smell, sweat, cacophony and busy movements of shoppers and as well the shopkeepers. There is hardly anyone who does not require visiting the market. Khwairamnand bazaar or the popular name Ima market or Nupi Keithel is the world's only all-women marketplace and one of Imphal's main tourist attractions. This is because the most important feature of the market is that 4000 odd shopkeepers are women representing the greater mobility and economic participation of Manipuri women.
The market consists of two main sections -one where the vegetables, fruits and necessary items are sold and the other where the handloom product of the state is sold. Ima market displays local culture, tradition and biodiversity. Products sold here are mostly local products.
source - http://womennes.blogspot.in/2010/11/ima-market-of-imphal.html
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