Malabar Trading
33 South Street
Bridport
DT6 3NY
01308 425734
Open: Mon-Sat, 10-5
www.malabartrading.com

It is the beauty of the interior of Malabar Trading that first appeals to the senses; the door leads from the bustle of South Street to a haven of colour and texture, a cornucopia of cotton, silk, wool, ceramics and much else from around the world. It is the eye and expeditionary zeal of Robyn Huxter, the shop’s owner, that brings us such bounty. Twice a year, she travels to India on buying missions, seeking traditional textiles and goods whose methods of manufacture and design are classic, timeless and diminishing. She also goes to Turkey twice a year as well as to a vast trade fair in Paris to source ceramics from Japan, cookware from the continent. “I know what’s good; I can see it,” she says.

Huxter, who was born in South Africa, came to Bridport 25 years ago and established her enterprise at the turn of the Millennium, claims that she is “not a good businesswoman” and that she never buys purely with the aim of financial gain. “Over the years, I have sold all sorts of treasures without knowing their true value,” she says. But then, of course, beauty is priceless.