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Kolkata Market: Gifts and Handicrafts
Sasha has an assortment of products on offer including saris, salwar suits, jewellery and other household products. Hand woven natural fibes, organic cotton and tussar fabric are predominantly used for readymade salwar suits, kurtis and saris. They are available in bright colors with fine Kantha stitch embroidery. (Kantha is a type of embroidery popular in Bangladesh). Another interesting item on display is handmade jewellery. You will take an instant liking to the Dokra (alloy of brass, nickel and zinc) handicrafts and jewellery. You can also find hand paintings and handmade camel leather bags. Do not miss out on the special collection of stoles, pouches, throws and photo frames designed by Dutch designer Carla Peters. The ‘RASA’ range of personal products and herbal teas has a special following. It is a spacious and well laid out shop. Prices are on the higher side but the products are value for money. The price range is wide starting from handmade candles for Rs.45 and small side bags (cotton, hand stitched) for Rs 350 to expensive artifacts costing over for Rs 50,000 each.
(033) 22521586/ 22520422
Biswa Bangla was inaugurated in October 2015 and is well stocked with unique products. It is a venture to promote the arts, fabric and crafts of West Bengal. The store sells Bengali sarees, dress materials, Dhokra artwork, wooden and paper mache masks, decorative items, souvenirs, food items, bath and body products and more. The Biswa Bangla Muslin store, adjacent to the main store ,houses an incredible variety of fine muslin cotton . The higher the thread count, the softer and costlier it gets. “Lighter than air” is how muslin was described for centuries and has been a favorite among Europeans since it began to be exported in colonial times. Bengal Chhou masks, rural doll art work, Dhokra figurines and Muslin cotton are the main products in this store.
033 2423 6122
Kashmir Gift House
Kashmir Gift House is a third generation 113 year old store and is well known for its high quality authentic Kashmir Pashmina showpieces. Authentic Kashmir items are hard to find in Kolkata and if one wants to look for all things Kashmir in one place, this is the store to go to. The store specializes in Pashmina Jamawar shawls, Pashmina stoles, designer sweaters and Phirans. They also sell dress material for salwar kameez. The other speciality of the store is furniture made from sheesham, rosewood and walnut wood as well as brass showpieces with intricate Meena artwork such as flower vases, large decorative kettles and brass antique chests. The embroidery work on the Pashmina or Phirans is done by hand. So are the showpiece carvings and Meena work. The cost of the Pashmina items range from Rs 5000 to Rs 10000 a piece. A walnut wooden dining table would cost Rs 65000 a piece. They also stock glass bangles with gold work as well as leather bags. The shop assistants are very friendly and will be able to provide you information on the origin of the products, should you be interested. Also, every wooden item that you buy will be polished just before purchase , so that it stays fresh for years to come.
033 22522075, 22522759, 22653508
Phulkari Punjab Government Emporium
Phulkari is a Punjab State Government Emporium in the Dakshinapan Shopping Complex in Kolkata . These days ,while shopping in Kolkata, you can even buy Phulkari dress materials and dupattas The name ‘Phulkari’ refers to the traditional floral embroidery work that is done by the women of Punjab . What was once a hobby for the rural Punjabi woman , has today taken center stage in the fashion world and is coveted for its colourful motifs . Apart from these garments, there are a wide range of jutis, ( colourful footwear ) durries( cotton rugs for the floor), pidhas ( small stools), wooden handicrafts and folk toys.
Rajasthali-Rajasthan Govt Handicraft Emporium
Kolkata shopping now extends to the pleasure of purchasing Rajasthani products in the Dakshinapan Shopping Complex with Rajasthali. The Rajasthan Emporium is famous for the tie and dye saris ,known as Bandhej and Leheriya , and made of in chiffon georgette, cotton and satin. They look bright and colourful and make for great party wear saris. The lightweight Kota Doriya saree is another well known product. Block printed cotton textiles ,known as Bagaru & Sanganeri , which are very famous in Rajasthan, are also available here . They are used in saris ,salwar suit fabrics ,cushions and bed spreads . This is one of the better Kolkata shops for home furnishings as well . Printed bed covers, cushion covers and quilts in ethnic Rajasthani prints are available .Handicrafts such as wooden dolls and the archetypal blue pottery, the two most popular form of handicrafts in Rajasthan, are also available at Rajasthali
Pragjyotika Assam Emporium
Pragjyotika in Dakshinapan Complex This outlet of the Assam Government Emporium in Dakshinapan , Kolkata , has been in operation since the last 29 years . It is an extremely popular Kolkata shop and is known for its vast collection of Assam silk sarees, mekhlas,( half sarees) ,Assamese gamchhas, handmade accessories & costume jewellery . Assamese Silk Assamese silk sarees are made from Muga silk , Pat silk and the Eri or Endi silk. Muga yarn cannot be bleached or dyed and hence its natural golden color is retained in the fabric. Others like Pat silk are usually in brilliant white or off-white colour. Eri silk is soft and warm and is popularly used in shawls and quilts. Handicrafts They also stock handicrafts and décor items such as the miniature one horned rhinos, decorative hats , lampshades and baskets ,trays and flower vases . Some of them are made of straw and other natural light weight materials . The famous Assam Tea is available in this Kolkata shop.
+(91)-33-24237873, +(91)-9831024633, 9163129122
Gurjari is the emporium of the State of Gujarat. The many categories of products and their vibrant colours are both beautiful and exciting. Sarees, skirts, dupattas, home furnishings and gift items are all available in this store . These items reflect the arts and culture of Gujarat. Gurjari has been very popular with the Kolkata shoppers since its inception. The women of Kolkata are traditionally fond of wearing saris and the block printed Gujarati cotton sarees and the bandhni cotton sarees that are available in Gurjari are clear favorites, after the Bengal cotton sarees. These are known as Gurjari sarees in Kolkata. These typical Gujarati prints in cottons are available on skirts, kurtis and palazzos as well. The Patola silk sarees that are available here are also aprized possession of the Bengali women. Home furnishing items include embroidered cushion and bed covers with micro mirrors. The decorative wall and door hangings and warli paintings makefor wonderful home decoration as well as gift items. The costume jewelry of Gujaratis madeof silver, agate and beads and is much appreciated by the Kolkata shoppers.
033 2423 7117