Above and beyond these shopping places, there are many shopping malls offering innumerable brands. In case you are thinking what to buy, then you need not think because there are ample of things to shop for in Hyderabad. Check out the Kalamkari Work, Handloom Fabrics, Kondapalli Toys, Lacquered Bangles, Bidri Metal Craft, Nirmal Art and Banjara Mirror-work, besides the ever appealing jewelry of Hyderabad. Apart from these things, look out for the handlooms to find exquisite sarees, suits, cushion covers, bags, shirts, kurtas, bedspreads, etc.
Zardozi embroidery work, which employs gold and silver thread, is the specialty of Hyderabad. The city is the best place to buy pearls that are usually studded in lustrous silver and gold ornaments. Silver ornaments are great curios that can serve as souvenir of the city. You can also purchase silver key chains, small boxes, trays, etc to gift your dear ones. For the assistance of tourists, the government has opened a showroom by the name of 'Gnaptika', where you can find any and every thing under one roof.
In the Hyderabad's history of enchanting pearls, Beautiful poetry, mouth-watering multi-cuisine, we also have the Hyderabadi Bangles. Since time immemorial, bangles, like Bindhi, has become an integral part of an Indian woman, more so, for a traditional Hyderabadi woman. They love to adorn their wrists with colorful bangles and their elders simply love the sound of "chan-chan" on their younger women folk. Bangles are not just a decoration for a woman but is a beauty in itself, ask any Hyderabadi man and he will vouch for it.There are many types of bangles and roughly a couple of hundreds of shops are present near and around Charminar itself, where bangle sellers weave a web of magic around your wrists.
Bidriware, is the most well-known of Andhra's handicrafts. Black metal inlaid with silver is the local speciality. Glass and studded bangles of bidri are a favorite with women Believed to have originated in Iran seven centuries ago, the black art reflects the Sufi influence even today. Moghul royals decorated their weapons on bidri style. Typical bidri items include plates, bowls vases., ashtrays, trinket boxes, huqqa bases, jewellery. The black colour is the result of the heating the zinc and copper surface gently and applying sal ammoniac with old fort earth. Main shopping areas are Abids, Basheerbagh, Nampally and Sultan Bazar in Hyderabad and MG Road and Rashtrapati Road in Secunderabad. The markets around Charminar are favoured for bangles and pearls.
With just a thread and needle, the tribal Banjara women transforms any ordinary cloth into a colorful piece of art. The distinctive feature of Banjara designs are the extensive use of mirrors. Typical items include cushion covers, bags, shirts, kurtas, bedspreads etc.
To bring back a typical Hyderabadi souvenior,buy a specimen of Ikat weaving. It is one of the most unique of Andhra's handloom heritage, a craft that survives even today. Weavers prepare the yarn for weaving by dipping it in oil. Then the yarn is woven into fabric. The semi-finished fabric is waxed and covered in clay as per the design. This enables the subsequent dying process to take place in a select manner. Typical items include sarees, blankets, mats,carpets,coasters,fancy bags etc.
Colorful and bright, these lacquered wooden shaped wares make an interesting in your drawing room. Decorative objects like flower vases, dolls, small containers, bowls are lacquered. The traditional styles have undergone change; today intricate designs embellished with stones, mirror glass and beads are available.
with themes like gods, goddesses, figurines, birds, animals etc are a must-buy. They are breathtakingly beautiful and minutely sculpted. The wood with its distinctive reddish brown tinge, makes stylish artifacts of panels, columns and relieves.For food stuff and dry fruits, Begum Bazar in Alfganj is very famous. Majemjahi market is the whole sale market for flowers and fruits. The Andhra Pradesh cooperative store, APCO is located at Abids. The best place to buy handicrafts is Kalanjali on Nampally High Road.
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