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Historical Kamat Shop in Honavar

First Online: August 05, 2006
Page Last Updated: January 10, 2018

by Vikas Kamat

Selling clothes has been the ancestral profession of the Kamat family. In the town of Honavar, the name Kamat is a synonym for a cloth merchant. The present store on Bazar road has been continuously operated for over 110 years! 

It is mandatory for the male children to serve an apprenticeship in the family store, and I have worked in the shop since I was nine years old. I feel I have learnt most lessons of life in the shop -- selling, bartering, and servicing the customers.

The Kamat shop is very much operational, it is managed by my uncles and cousins, and I encourage you to pay us a visit if you are in the neighborhood.

Here are some pictures of Kamat Shop Taken over the Years

K.L. Kamat/Kamat's Potpourri
Umbrella Merchant Waiting for Customer
Umbrella Merchant Waiting for Customer
Picture of Laxman Vasudev Kamat (grandpa Kamat) in the shop, 1967

K.L. Kamat/Kamat's Potpourri
Umesh Kamat at Kamat Shop, 1990
Umesh Kamat at Kamat Shop, 1990

© Vikas Kamat

In front of 112 Year old Kamat Shop in Honavar

Kamat Cloth Shop
in Honavar

Employees at Kamat ShopPortrait of Girgol Fernandes, HonavarHiryoung Trying on a Grooms Turban at Kamat Shop
At Kamat Cloth ShopColors of Kamat Cloth ShopUmesh Kamat at Kamat Shop, 1990
Pradeep and Vikas in Kamat Family Cloth Shop, 1990

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