So you are
in India now ! Well are you looking for artifacts and curios or just
little trinkets to remember your trip or carry as presents for loved
ones back home?
Gift shopping in India can be hell of a job as India has a wide
variety to offer. Our villages and cities are teeming with
craftspeople making meticulously designed products which vie for your
eyes. They say, " if you start looking for the perfect gift you will
never find one" so its better to look around for gifts and then decide
what to buy according to your taste and wallet size.
Leather shoes of jodhpur and Barmer, with their fine colourful
embroidery along with leather painted lamps and pots from Bikaner are
a gift worth having. Painted marble statues from Jaipur and Kishangarh
are famous the world over. You can also get marble statuettes, vases
and plates, cups and bowls and even a stool made with the finest
marble with gold painting in the shops of Rajasthan.
Handwoven durries and carpets is a thriving industry in the state.
With intricate designs and fine weaving the floor furnishings are a
must for a discerning connoisseurs home. Many will often buy home
furnishing in block prints to decorate their homes and thus relive
their Indian memories in their rooms back home
Textiles have a rich hue and colour, the block prints and fabrics ,
bedspreads and light weight quilts make a cuddly gift. rugs and wall
paintings made in silk and cotton depicting stories from Rajasthan or
dances of lord krishna with Radha are prized gift souvenirs too.
If the wallet allows you may return to India for another shopping
spree and hunt for some more treasures like village crafts made of
bamboo and other woods, iron , brass or even bronze. i assure you it
will be well worth your while...... (by Ms. Shomma Dutt).