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Shopping in North India


The richness of India's traditional handcrafts is known across the world. The traditions are still alive, not in some purely commercialized and tourist-oriented recreation of lost skills, but in the living traditions handed on through families that have practiced them for generations. The variety and the often outstandingly high quality of the work is still astonishing. Each region has its own specialities.

Stone carving in India has its old tradition since the time of Taj Mahal and is being practiced till date by the next generation of these families. Paper-mache of Kashmir, cane work pottery and leather work of are specialty of the the Indian state of Kashmir. South India is famous for the Wood carving and metalwork. Indian Sandalwood, Indian rose wood, walnut in Kashmir are to name when it comes to wooden products in India. Metalwork of North India, Indian bird ware in Andhra,

Shopping in North India

Indian bronzes of the south are some more specialities to name some.

Shopping in India is an experience as India being the one of the most reasonable market in the South Asia. Import from India are increasing to all over the world. Jewellery of India, Carpets of India and Marble work of Agra in India is getting popularity by the tourist who are visiting India for travel purpose.

Kashmiri carpet makers of India enjoy their reputation all over the world. Carpets of Indian Pure wool and Indian silk are made superbly in North India. Tibetan rugs, Indian Jewellery, Indian Gems, Rajasthani silverwork, Indian diamonds, Indian lapis lazuli, Indian moonstones, Indian aquamarine and Indian pearls are some of the stones for which the capital of Rajasthan (Jaipur) has made its name all over the world as most of the stones are cut and polished in this city of India. If you need any help and information about the products in India we will be happy to provide you the needed information.

Fabric in India
Textiles, especially cottons and silks, range from the simplest of handmade garments to stunningly beautiful and ornate saris. Silk brocades from Varanasi and Kanchipuram, Patna, Murshidabad and Surat, are sought after all over India. Rajasthan specializes in brightly coloured tie and dye cottons, while Kashmir specializes in woolens, especially the finest of goats' wool Pashmina.

Indian Carpets

Kashmir has long had links with Persian carpet makers. Pure wool, woven wool and silk are superbly made in North India. Tibetan rugs are also widely available, many made by Tibetan refugees living in India.


Gems have become India's leading export by value, reflecting the importance both of the gemstones and the finished Jewellery. Rajasthani silverwork, and diamonds, lapis lazuli, moonstones and aquamarine are among the precious stones, and Hyderabad is famous for its pearls.

Other Crafts

Stone carving in alabaster, marble and granite in both North and South India, papier-mache in Kashmir, cane work, pottery and leather work offers a tremendous range of excellent goods from the smallest mementos to life size statuary. Sandalwood and rose wood from the south, and walnut in Kashmir, are the raw materials for some beautiful carving and marquetry. Metalwork, especially brass in the North, bidri ware in Andhra, and bronzes in the south, are also famous. Here are some of the selected destinations often visited by the tourists for the shopping purpose.


Bazaars of Old Delhi
The exploration of Delhi's markets could begin at Chandni Chowk. There are fascinating lively accounts of this bazaar as it was during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Many of the shops here are more than 100 years old, and the lanes are full of surprises. Leading off Chandni Chowk is "Dariba Kalan", the street of incomparable pearl, Khari Baoli, the spice market and Kinari Bazaar for trimmings and tinsel. In some of these bazaars the items for sale are manufactured at site, which lends a special charm to the shopping experience. Well integrated into the culture of the old city, these bazaars offer the visitor a glimpse of life in Old Delhi. There are some antique stores behind Jama Masjid, where the Meena Bazaar used to be once. These offer items ranging from jewellery to paintings and furniture and cater almost entirely to tourists.

Contemporary Supermarkets of Delhi

Bazaars of Old Delhi

Moving further South are the upmarket shopping centres of South Delhi - South Extension, Greater Kailash I and II, Green Park and Hauz Khas Village. These markets offer a combination of ethnic chic and designer labels, Indian and international. One of the more visible results of the liberalisation of the Indian economy is the burgeoning on international designer-wear outlets has set very interesting trends as a market of the city. Wherein, a few years ago, an association called "Dastakar" - established in the tradition of providing village crafts through an organised marketing system-set up a showroom in the village. It didn't take long for entrepreneurs to capitalize on the distinctly rural setting. Now the village has a plethora of boutiques.


Shopping in Rajasthan
Since long back Rajasthan has been famous for its artistic designed jewellery with a variety of precious and semi precious stones such as emerald, garnet, agate, amethyst, topaz and lapiz lazuli which look unique and elegant.

Jaipur is internationally renowned for its exquisite Kundan (the art of setting precious stones in gold) and meena (enamel) jewellery, meenakari is also done in Nathdwara near Udaipur. Lac and glass bangles are a special

Shopping in North India

attraction of Rajasthan and are made in a variety of colours and designs in Jaipur and Jodhpur. Silver is commonly worn by rural women and one can pick up old Tribal Silver Jewellery as well.

The Printing
The village craftsman cuts small blocks by hand from hard teak wood, one block for each colour in a design. The printer then dips the wooden block into a custom-mixed tray of fresh dye bath which is placed on top of a small table on casters and moves down the length of the cloth stamping with skilful precision. To print a bedspread of 90"x108" the printers have to stamp approximately 1400 times with different blocks of as many as five or six colors, to cover the entire surface of the fabric. Print colors are freshly mixed each day by the color master in charge of each print workshop. Printers maintain a complete record of the recopies of various colors. Colour masters often have to amend the recopies to compensate for changes in weather and alterations in the dye lots.

Leather Ware

Jaipur, Jodhpur, Barmer and Jaisalmer are traditionally known for their footwear. Incredibly comfortable and sturdy, the jootis have artistically embroidered uppers. Leather is also used for making musical instruments especially percussion instruments (such as the tabla and dhol) and the stringed instruments (like kamaycha) used by Rajasthani folk musicians. Bikaner is known for its painted lampshades, shields and vases made from camel hide. Designer hand-bags, purses, belts, hats, stools and collapsible chairs with graphic embroideries from Tilonia village near Ajmer also make a good purchase. The exhibition showcases items that are at once moderately priced and high on quality. The deftly executed wall hanging paintings on silk feature Rajput and Mughal miniature reproductions, mythological scenes and finely delineated floral themes.

Carpets and Durries

Rajasthan is famous for its traditional cotton durries and woollen carpets specially made in Bikaner and Jaipur. The durries are cool light rugs, generally found in pastel shades with geometrical motifs which can even liven up the dullest of all floors. The carpets though are a bulky item to carry home are beautifully designed that are generally based on Persian and Caucasian styles.

Agra is one of the most important centres for handicrafts, made of marble and softstone. The Mughals were great patrons of arts and crafts. Empress Nur Jahan took personal interest and was an accomplished artist in Zari embroidery work. Agra's major handicraft products besides inlay work are Leatherware, Brassware, Carpets, Jewellery and embroidery work. Agra is also well known for its sweets 'Petha' and 'Gajak' and saltish snack 'Dalmoth.' The main shopping areas of the city are Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazaar, Munro Road, Sanjay Place, Raja-Ki-Mandi and Near Taj Mahal Complex.


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