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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the famous souvenirs one can buy from Kolkata (Calcutta)?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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With the myriad of hues the place has to offer, any shopper will be eager to dive into the markets of the City of Lights. Take back home beautiful keepsakes that remind you of the lovely holiday you had in Kolkata. Some of the famous souvenirs you can buy here are:

  • Terracotta Products

    Known far and wide for its terracotta products, Kolkata is especially famous for the Bankura Horses and Elephants, which are praised for their intricate designs and proud posture. Terracotta is one of the first attempts of man at clay modelling and has been perfected with time to produce these beauteous caricatures. You can find these horses in two colours, with a tint of red or in a shade of black, depending on how they have been smoked in fire. The Bankura Horse is a symbol of Indian handicrafts today and adorns the homes of thousands of people worldwide. Some other terracotta handicrafts are terracotta shells, vases, bowls and pots.

    Since these products are made in clay, you might want to consider buying a smaller size which is easy to pack and carry without breakage. Also, it is advisable to inspect your product thoroughly for any cracks before paying for it and taking it away. Take a small part of Kolkata home when you pick this handicraft!

  • Sarees

    Synonymous with West Bengal are women adorned in white sarees with red borders, which are commonly called the Lal Paar Sarees (remember Vidya Balan starrer Kahani?). These sarees are not only the Durga Pooja traditional attires but can also be called the true colours of Kolkata. Apart from these, Kolkata is also famous for its silk fabric, namely the Tussar and Vishnupuri Silk. These fabrics have a subtle sheen and smooth feel and are beautiful to drape. Another must buy from Kolkata is the Tant Cotton Saree or Bangladesh’s famous Dhakai Saree. Do pick up some for yourself and for your loved ones back home, and rest assured you will get a lot of compliments when you drape one!

    Since these items are popular buys amongst tourists, shopkeepers may quote exorbitant prices to you. Make it a rule to bargain before you pick up a piece, to make sure you get value for your money.

  • Jute Craft Items

    From jute handbags to wall hangings and from jute jewellery to footwear, you find all and more in Kolkata. Being a state that is famous for its jute produce, West Bengal offers the finest of options when it comes to this material. Take a jute mat home for your yoga routine, pick up a trendy bag and flaunt your style or gift your mother an intricate jute basket to arrange her fruits in, all thanks to the products of Kolkata!

    While you are on your shopping spree in Kolkata, it is recommendable to buy a big jute shopping bag for all your purchases. Not only does it promote this dying handicraft, it also saves the earth from plastic. Say yes to jute, say yes to being eco friendly!

With the myriad of hues the place has to offer, any shopper will be eager to dive into the markets of Kolkata. Take back home beautiful keepsakes that remind you of the lovely holiday you had in the City of Joy.

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