Kashmir Gift House, Kolkata
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.