In photos (from top):
Two beautiful sample garments are shown to potential buyers in shop number 39.
The entry to Yashwant Place market, has become a landmark in the Chanakyapuri area.
Rustam, a tourist from Uzbekistan, browsing the wares in M. Ahmed’s shop number 41.
Leather goods shop number 48 displays its shop sign in Russian, complete with a Russian style nickname for its owner (Shurik).
Gulya (a medical tourist to India from Tashkent in Uzbekistan) holds little Sofia while shopping for leather goods in shop number 56 with their Russian-speaking local guide from the hospital.
Faisal Husain and his son Faiez, proprietors of jewelry shops 51 and 52, proudly showing off a photograph of Putin’s wife visiting their store in the early 2000s (the child in the photo is now the strapping young man holding the photo).
Most transactions here are cash based, but with the advent of GST, each transaction must now be carefully recorded.
A selection of jewellery for sale in Faisal’s shop number 51.
One of the long corridors of Yashwant Place’s basement market.
Fateh Singh, owner of leather goods shops number 48, 55 and 56, with one of his sons Urmeet Singh.
Fateh (seen in the mirror reflection) stocks a wide-range of leather coats in different colours and styles in his shop number 48, to satisfy every taste.
A stack of Russian style fur hats for sale to customers from countries where temperatures regularly drop below minus 20 degrees Celsius, in shop number 41.
Polina Schapova is a Delhi-based Russian-British photographer. Follow her work on Instagram or on her website