Shopping in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is the home of an astounding variety of traditional crafts. Century-old skills continue to produce some of the most artistic and exciting wares in Rajasthan which are admired and collected not only by connoisseurs in India but are popular all across the world Rajasthan is a land of vibrant colors.
These colors are a striking part of the Rajasthani life and are found in the bustling bazaars, in fairs & festivals, in the customs worn " and produced, and in the tradition al painting & murals. When shopping for souvenirs, the subtle yet ethnic appeal of every item is irresistible whether it be furniture, leatherwear, pottery, metal craft or textiles. it is little wonder, therefore, that because of these artistic treasures which let you indulge without being extravagant, Rajasthan has been dubbed as the shopper's paradise its craft have always been a source of fascinations whether one appreciates them for purely pleasure or pauses to savor the underling history, culture and symbolism.
Jaipur: Jaipur is a treasure trove for the shopper. One can find the country’s finest jewellery here, usually in a fashion called kundan, or enamelled-ware. Jaipur also specialises in marble work, woolen carpets, cotton rugs, hand-block printed Sanganeri and Bagru cotton fabrics, tie and dye, brassware, exotic blue-pottery made from crushed quartz, and leather footwear. There are also places where you can find copies of antiques down to the last detail
Udaipur: One of the principal shopping zones outside Jaipur, here are a myriad of shops with paintings of the miniature and pichwai variety, as well as terracotta tables and plaques. There are also locally dyed fabrics and textiles, embroideries, wooden toys, white metal objects d’art, silver enamel artifacts, and images of Krishna in the Nathdwara style.
Pushkar: During the November fair, the mela is a bewildering array of shops with fabrics, embroideries, utensils, terracotta pots, trinkets, silver jewellery, camel saddles, blankets, shawls, beads bangles and other baubles.
Jodhpur: Once brides came here for their trousseau shopping because the dyes and prints were resplendent, and the lame work brilliant. The same fabrics can still be found in the bazaars, and you may want to try on a sporty pair of Jodhpurs (the riding breeches that originated in this town). Badalas or zinc alloy pitchers used to carry water, covered with felted cloth, were an earlier version of today’s water flask. Also wooden toys, leather goods, paintings, juttees and silver jewellery, all in the shops in the old city. Handsome pieces of old furniture and artifacts can be found in the huddle of shops at the base of Chhattar Hill.
Bikaner: Best for camel products that include leather footwear, and its brilliant gesso work. Wool carpets and blankets, light cotton quilts, and brilliantly dyed cotton fabrics can be tracked down in the maze of tiny shops around Kot Gate, with KEM Road providing the shopping in larger stores. Urmul’s shop at Junagarh Fort stocks some interesting products developed in cooperative style in the surrounding villages in the desert.
Jaisalmer: The local tradition of carving is best seen in little wooden boxes that are intricately pierced in exciting patterns and motifs. Also woolen and cotton rugs and blankets, embroidered fabrics, silver jewellery and trinkets, available in shops that open off the cobbled streets.
Shekhawati: Associated with the low-legged Shekhawati chair, this region is known for its wood carving, metal utensils, made-as-old furniture, and tie-dye fabrics.
Chittaurgarh: Known for its wooden painted toys made in the surrounding villages, and thewa gold jewellery in its own distinctive style. Also: Akola printed fabrics and leather juttees made in Gangrar.
Kota: Best known for its small checked-weave cotton sarees called Kota doriyas, in light floral prints.
Barmer: Vibrant embroideries, woolen durries, and stone carvings. Sadar Bazaar is where the action is.