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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular items to buy in Jodhpur?

Pritha Manchanda DEC 10 2012
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No holiday is complete without some shopping and Jodhpur has all the required ammunition to make a shopaholic out of you! Once you enter the local bazaars, you will be assailed with splashes of bright colours, the noises and buzz of a typical market, and a confusing, but nonetheless fascinating mixture of aromas from spices, street food, wood waxes and polishes. In this section, we bring you the most popular items that you cannot miss buying from this city. Get ready to splurge!

  • Bandhej

    Also called as
    Bandhani, these tie-dye work done on cotton or silks are a trademark of the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This highly skilled process of tying and dyeing involves tying knots (Bheendis) into a meter of cloth, which are opened after the dyeing process to reveal the characteristic Bandhani patterns. With its bright colours and interesting, unique patterns, a Bandhani saree, scarf or a kurta will be an asset in any wardrobe. You will find these in any and all the markets in Jodhpur.

  • Mojris

    Forget those conventional brown and black loafers and experiment with these traditional hand painted and embroidered Jodhpuri mojris or better known as
    Jootis, which are sure to add a dash of the royal Rajputana flair to your whole getup. Studded with beads, mirrors and sequins, these beauties will compliment any traditionally embroidered suit or kurta. Mochi bazaar, Jooti market opposite the railway station and the Sojati Gate market are some good places to check out for Mojris.

  • Traditional scroll paintings

    Rajasthan has a long history of folk painting. You get all kinds of varieties from miniature paintings, portraits to paintings done on cloths, paper, furnitures etc. The most important of these are the Phad and the Pichhwai paintings. Phad is a long piece of cloth on which the painting is done with vegetable colours. These are usually narratives of the Rajasthani folk deities like Pabuji and Devnarayan. Pichhwai paintings are another intricate art form, which depict Lord Krishna in various moods, attires and postures. The idea is to narrate the life stories of Krishna to the illiterate. These scroll paintings are a huge hit amongst the tourists. They are great to look at and easy to carry. The Nai Sadak market is the best place to get these.

  • Spices and tea

    You simply cannot ignore this one, and the best part is they wouldn’t even take up much space in your suitcase. You can find top quality spices like cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and saffron, and all for just INR 100 to 150 for 200 grams of spices. It is a complete steal! And not just whole spices, there are some interesting spice mixtures available for various Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Also, you must check out the interesting blends of tea, ranging from masala chai, to ginger tea to cinnamon infused Kashmiri khawa, the variety is simply unbelievable! If you wish grab some of these, Clocktower Sardar market will be your best bet.

  • Handicrafts

    The handicraft market is another one of Jodhpur’s booming sector and provides a stable source of employment for the residents of this city. The local craftsmen and women are skilled and have been trained for generations in wood and metal sculpting, paintings and embroidery. They even specialise in polish work, to make a particular handicraft look like an antique piece. Apart from wood work, marble and metal carvings, textile holds a major segment in the handicraft market. From shawls, stoles, rugs, covers and carpets - you will get an amazing variety of colours, styles and material, all at extremely reasonable price. A special mention goes to the camel leather products available here like jootis, bags, wallets, lamps etc, as well as items made from lac which range from jewellery to pen holders and paperweights.  Again, Jodhpur handicrafts are available in all the major markets of the city.

So what are you waiting for? Bring the flavours and colours of Jodhpur right in your home or gift a cushion cover or a pair of mojris to your best friend. Either way, shopping here will be one of the most satisfactory and enjoyable experiences of your life.

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