SHOPPING IN KASHMIR
Location : Main Markets, Floating Markets, Open Bazaars, Old City
Antique Items : Pashmina and Shahtoosh Shawls
Famous Buy : Walnut Furniture
Other Charms : Handicrafts
|Shopping Attraction :||Saffron, Shawls, Carpets, Paper Mache Articles, Kashmiri Crewelwork, Honey, Almonds And Fruits.|
|Shopping Destinations :||Jammu, Srinagar, Gulmarg, Leh and Pahalgam.|
|World Famous For :||Saffron, Shahtoosh and Pashmina Shawls, Kashmiri crewelwork, Hand Woven Carpets and Silk.|
|Shop From :||Lal Chowk, Badshah
Chowk in Srinagar : Walnut Wood Carved Articles, Paper Mache,
Vir Marg, Raghunath Bazaar and Hari Market in Jammu : For Kashmiri Handicrafts, Traditional Dongra Jewellery and Dry Fruits.
J & K Arts Emporium : Pashmina Shawls, Shahtoosh Shawls and Knotted Carpets.
Tibetan Market And Moti Market In Leh : Wool garments, Thankga Paintings, Hand-woven rugs and carpets.
Main Bazaar Road, Ladakh : Handicrafts, Tibetan Silver Jewelery.
|Do Not :||Bargaining Should not be done as the Price of these Articles are Already Minimal.|
|Must Buy :||Shahtoosh Shawls, Walnut Furniture, Brass and Silverware.|
Love shopping, then shopping in Kashmir is the best option for you to try out. The famous bazaars of Srinagar in Kashmir offer a great deal to the travelers for buying the famous hand woven carpets demanded all over the world, rugs or walnut furniture, Kashmiri embroidery from the famous shopping destinations and whole sale markets of Jammu and Kashmir. The warmth of Pashmina shawls and Saffron spice the real flavor of Kashmir, the ambrosial fruits and even the intricately carved handicraft items are the best buys on your visit in the valley of Kashmir.
Jammu and Kashmir is known throughout the world as much
for its arts and crafts as for its scenic beauty and bracing climate.
Kashmir is integral in its entity. From the amusing trinket to a
collector's item, you'll find it all, here. Row upon row of shops filled
with handicrafts line the streets. The array is awesome. There are objects
to suit every pocket, as the variety within each craft is wide.
If you are planning to be a part of Kashmir this vacation, then do not forget to embark upon your shopping expedition from the very essence of Kashmir, which is Saffron. Your trip will surely be incomplete if you are not the owner of the mesmerizing hand woven carpets. Adorn the floors of your house with the 'Nawadas'. The Pashmina and Shahtoosh shawls are a must buy in Kashmir. No where will else will you get the majestic fabric in accordance with the incomprehensible embroidery. Kashmir is home to some of the best walnut woodcarving done anywhere in the world. The silk manufactured in Kashmir is also of very superior quality. Kashmir is an ideal destination from the prospective of shopping. Being a frugal while you are in Kashmir will make you repent, so shop your heart and pocket out because there is no other Kashmir on the planet.
To watch a carpet being made in Kashmir is didactic. The
carpets made in Kashmir are renowned for being handmade and are always
knotted, never tufted. Carpet is a long term investment, and will perhaps
be the most expensive purchase. But, it is worth it. The thing to keep in
mind is that knotting is the most important procedure of carpet making.
Besides being instrumental for the designs, it also determines its
enduringness and value. In addition, there are single as well as double
knotted carpets. They can be easily distinguished by scrutinizing the
reverse of the carpet.
You will do injustice with your own self if you do not
own the exclusive Kashmiri Shawls. Kashmir is a hub for woolen clothing.
The three varieties of shawls produced in Kashmir are 'wool', 'Pashmina'
and 'Shatoosh'. The prices of the three cannot be compared. While woolen
shawls are prices modestly, Shahtoosh is one-in-a-lifetime purchase.
Pashmina is unmistakable for its softness. Pashmina yarn is spun from the
hair of the ibex found at 14,000 ft above the sea level, although pure
Pashmina is expensive, the cost is sometimes brought down by blending it
with rabbit fur or with wool. 'Shatoosh', the legendary ring shawl
is incredible for its lightness, softness and warmth. The astronomical
price it commands in the market is due to the scarcity of raw-material.
The hair shed from the underbelly of the Tibetan antelope, found only in
the high plateau of Tibet and Ladakh, are fastidiously collected until
they are enough for a shawl. They are then spun into a yarn, which is
extremely expensive. They are too delicate and flimsy for embroidery to be
done on them.
Besides Spain, Pampore in Srinagar, is the only place in
the world where saffron in cultivated. The crocus Sativus that blooms for
a brief month in the year, has six golden stamens and one crimson one. It
is the crimson Stamen which when collected and dried, is referred to as
the most expensive spice in the world. However, be wary of the fraudulent
Saffron, that too is, available in the markets. Though sealed jars with
the government's stamp approval is available, if you are buying the loose
saffron, then sampling one strand is enough, for its delectable aroma is
unequivocal. Kashmir is also a hub for walnuts, honey and Almonds.
Kashmir is the only part of India where the walnut tree
grows. Carving is the demonstration of the carvers skill, and
walnut, being one of the strongest varieties of wood, is eminently
suitable for this. There are several varieties of carvings done on the
wood, the most popular being the semi carving, which is a thin panel along
the rim of the surface, with a center motif. The intrinsic work of the
wood from each part of the tree differs. The root being the most expensive
while the branches being the least. The furniture made from this wood is
of very superior quality and the intrinsic design is sure to delight you.
In-spite of its exotic designs, deep carvings and the immense
craftsmanship involved, the prices are not absorbent
The old city abounds with shops where objects of copper
line the walls, the floor and even the ceiling made generally for the
local market. Floral, stylized, geometric, leaf and sometimes-calligraphic
motifs are engraved or embossed on copper, called as 'naqash' determines
the price of the object. Kashmir is also home for quixotic wood carving
and paper mache articles. Kashmiri crewelwork, which is a high quality of
embroidery, is in great demand all over the world. Wool is almost
invariably used in Crewel work and color ways are not as elaborate as in
Chain stitch. They make excellent household furnishings being hand or
machine washable. Willow rushes that grow plentifully in the marshes
provide an excellent rudiment for quaint objects, ranging form pretty
baskets to lampshades to table and chairs. The point worth noticing is
that these articles are quite inexpensive and caters to all spectrum of
Pheran, the garment worn by the natives of Kashmir, is a traditional dress like a cloak or a coat, covering from top to the bottom, made according to the extreme weather conditions on the top Himalayan zones. Men wear Pherans made of tweed or coarse wool while the women's Pheran is more stylised and made of raffels which is embodied at the throat, cuffs and edges. To have the real feel of Kashmir, must shop for this traditional dress and ethnic silver jewellery that makes a complete Kashmiri Bride.
Top 5 Reasons to Shop in Jammu and Kashmir
Buy Saffron The Essence of Kashmir
Carpets For Your Abode
The Incomparable Warmth of Kashmir
The Handiwork And Walnut Furniture
Safari to Ladakh
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Mahal - White Wonder
Delhi - Eternal Capital
Sikri - City of Victory
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