The State Emporium in CP comprising arts and handicrafts emporia, was set up in the 1950s. At first It is a one-stop tour of the amazing variety and sheer diversity of handicrafts from the various States of India. The State Emporia Complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg will entice you into spending both time and money on things that you will cherish for life. You will certainly be amazed by the exquisite crafts, textiles and jewellery on display. As compared to other shops in Delhi, the State Emporia stocks some of the best Indian handicraft products.
Most of the emporia bear attractive names, suggestive of the main attribute of the particular Indian State that they represent. Zoon, the Jammu and Kashmir Emporium, will surely floor you with carpets and shawls.
In addition, they have a great collection of papier mache products and Kashmiri jewellery.
Cauvery, the Karnataka Emporium, showcases elegant Mysore silks fabrics and sandalwood products. Further, Rosewood furniture is also available here.
Poompuhar, the Tamil Nadu emporium, boasts of bronze statues and brass idols.
Gurjari, the Gujarat Emporium, is good for printed cottons, miniature paintings and jewellery. Colourfully painted stools and swings, colourful fabric bird door hangings are some of the noteworthy products in the store . Further, they stock beautiful Patola sarees and semi stitched salwar suits.
Rajasthali, the Rajasthan Emporium, is full of colourful handicrafts and unique furniture. Bangles, Bandhej and Leheriya sarees ,blue pottery and marble miniatures are popular in the Rajasthani Emporium.
If you are looking for Madhubani paintings, Amrapali, the Bihar Emporium, is where you should head. They probably have a good stock of Madhubani paintings.
There are others like Utkalika (Odisha) for beautiful silk and cotton sarees ,brass idols and stone sculptures.
Gangotri (Uttar Pradesh), where one can pick up chikankari sarees and suits and miniature Taj Mahal.
Mriganayani (Madhya Pradesh), known for Chanderi sarees.
The State Emporium in CP of the North Eastern States are worth visiting as well.
Purbasha, the Tripura Emporium, is stacked with awesome cane and bamboo furniture. In addition, Assam silk products like Muga silk & ends silk is available here.
Manjusha, the West Bengal emporium will spoil you for choice with Batik, Kantha, Baluchari, Swarnachari, Tant, Dhakai, Jamdhani, Tangail, Dhoneokali, Shantipuri, Begumpuri, Korial, and Garad sarees. These are not just names; they represent different weaving traditions, embroidery styles, designs and so on. This is certainly one of the best places to shop for sarees in Delhi.
Finally, The Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan is next to the emporia complex and shops here sell books, crafts and paper products. The Kamala Crafts Shop, located here is promoted by The Crafts Council of India and Moha is another interesting shop that specialises rural handicrafts. Other shops that sell costume jewellery and rural handicrafts are also attractive.
We therefore recommend a trip to the State Emporium in CP
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