Shopping in Gujarat

 

 

 

Gujarat’s handicrafts and hand looms are extra-ordinarily beautiful. Almost every tourist destination in the country will feature a Gujarati hand loom and handicraft shop, whether one goes to Goa or Delhi or to the south of the country. What about planning an exclusive shopping trip to Gujarat and buying all things Gujarati from there?

Gujarat can indeed be a shopaholic’s utopia, especially if one prefers things going the ethnic way for them. One can start from Ahmedabad. Go straight to Law garden. This road is chock a block with the best of Gujarat artifacts . Bargain hard, start at 1/4th the prices asked. Hand-made jewellery in beads and oxidised metal is cheap and exclusive here. One can go for bags, bedsheets, traditional ghagra and cholis. If there is more money to spend, the next destination would have to be the old walled city of Ahmedabad. Ask for ‘Rani – nu – Haziru’. This centuries old market houses a humongous collection of hand printed cotton, in all styles, colours and textures. The quality and variety is super and is very easy on the pocket.

 

If one happens to go to a 2000 year old town called Bharuch, in the South of Gujarat, ask for ‘Sujni’. This is the traditional craft of quilting and is the only known centre of it’s kind in the world.

Going to Patan to see the famous step-well there ? Head to Patolawala street and buy yourself a ‘Patola’ saree. This is the ancient art of double weaving using natural dyes as colours. You can bet very few Indians can boast of this saree in their wardrobes !

Jamnagar, though has arguably, Gujarat’s most famous export – ‘Bandhni’ . Head to the old market here called Wellingdon Crescent, for mind-boggling variety and value for money Bandhni. From there, head to Mithapur to the  Tata Chemicals run Okhai. This beautiful shop is run and maintained by tribal women. Applique work is the best here.

Last, but not the least – Bhuj. This old city is where the best of Kutch’s handicrafts and handloom can be bought. Artists from neighouring villages come to sell their wares here. Mirror work and traditional silver jewellery are the most famous products here.

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  • sonali says: July 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    I simply love the handloom and handicrafts of Gujarat, not to speak of the delectable cuisine of the State…

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  • ritiroy says: July 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Definately a great place for shopping ! Delectable cuisine … umm not too sure about that …

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    I simply love the handloom and handicrafts of Gujarat, not to speak of the delectable cuisine of the State…

    Definately a great place for shopping ! Delectable cuisine … umm not too sure about that …

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