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Pondicherry Market: Gifts and Handicrafts
La Boutique D’ Auroville
What appears to be a small shop will surprise you as you make your way inside. There is a good selection of casual wear garments, skirts, tunics ,palazzo pants and tops. They are of good quality and trendily designed. Prices are not cheap though. As you go further inside, there is a good stock of incense and candles . Further down, you can find a great selection of tablemats, trays , lamp shades made of paper , gift boxes and leather bags. They also stock a few jewelry pieces . All these products are made in Auroville and the shop is definitely worth a visit. Their main showroom is in Auroville.
Kasha Ki Aasha
Kasha Ki Aasha ( meaning Kasha’s dream in Hindi) was conceptualized and started by Kasha Vande . Kasha ,who is an American, was visiting Pondicherry in 2004 when she laid her eyes on a beautiful restored property and her dream of settling down in Pondicherry and starting a small scale business began to take shape. Typical of homes in the South of India, it has a small courtyard in the center, with a lot of green plants and palms and creepers and humming birds to complete the picture . The ground floor has an eclectic range of handmade products like cotton tunics and casual wear clothes, ideal for the summer months. These garments are sourced from several NGOs that employ women and some of them are created in house by the women employees themselves . Then there is a range of personal products like soaps and shampoos made from locally grown produce . Footwear and leather bags are casually displayed in another section of the ground floor. There are 4 to 5 separate enclosures with clothes, shawls,jewellery, bags, ,home accessories and books. The prices are very affordable . Kasha also promotes Indian photography through posters, magazines and exhibitions around the world. And then there is the restaurant on the green terrace. Laid back cushions and ample space makes it an ideal place to sip a cappuccino, enjoy freshly baked cakes and engage in interesting converstaions .
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The Metal Craft
The Metal Craft is a small boutique for bronze statues in the French quarters in Pondicherry.
Auroshri is just a few shops away from the boutique Aurovile . Several shops in Pondicherry have the name linked to Auroville. But that does not necessarily mean they sell products made in Auroville. Auroshri sources products from all over India and is an ideal shopping place for tourists. There stock scarves in silk with batik prints and also woolen shawls . They also stock a mix of some brass items , wall hangings ,incense ,candles and a few pieces of jewelry. Auroshri is a small store with items from all over India.” Check out Shopkhoj for reviews about markets in Pondicherry
Elegance Pondicherry gift shop has quite a selection of artefacts and gifts from all over India . Wood, brass and bronze artefacts, like idols, deities and figurines made in the South of india and Tibetan artefacts like prayer bowls and chimes are all available . There is one large room dedicated to jewellery from Rajasthan and Tibet . Typically these are jewellery made from silver, semiprecious stones and beads . There is a great deal of colour and variety in the jewellery. Another room is stocked with carpets , readymade shawls and salwar suits . As it is a fairly large shop, take your time browsing before you make your choices . There are also other stores selling similar stuff close by, so you can walk across and check the prices of similar items, just to be doubly sure before you decide to buy something here.”
“Casablanca is a department store with 3 floors (owned by the couple who created Le Dupleix and The Promenade). Pondicherry shopping has to necessarily include a trip to this store. The ground floor has a selection of cosmetics and perfumes from international brands on display . The first floor has a wide selection of casual wear garments for women as well as jewellery . Tops, skirts, tees ,tunics palazzos and trousers are on display here . Jewellery includes trendy costume jewellery like bracelets, necklaces, earrings and chains. There is also a whole section for pottery from Auroville . Mugs, tea pots, cups, vases and such other items are all available . Candles, incense, candle stands , are all stocked in another section of the store . However, the best pick in the shop is in the home section on the top floor . The entire floor is dedicated to home furnishings like table cloths, bed spreads, bedcovers , cushion covers, curtains and table mats , all of which are made at Auroville . Casablanca is also a great place to pick out stylish new leather products such as handbags, belts, briefcases, wallets and suitcases. They have a good selection of ready to wear men’s clothes and chocolates as well. There is a small café and a pizzeria right in the middle of the store”.