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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 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.

Jewellery, Jewellery of Rajasthan

The Printing:

Printing, Block Printing in Rajasthan

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.

Leather Ware, Leather Ware in Rajasthan

Carpets and Durries:

Carpets, Indian 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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