Shopping in Assam

The Endi, Muga and Paat Silk varieties of Assam are famous and available with most government emporiums. Intricately weaved, these fabrics make excellent Sarees and local costume – Mekhela Chaddars which are available at several garment shops. The state of Assam is also well known for beautiful cane and bamboo handicrafts including furniture, decorative items and jewelry. A variety of small, delicately crafted cane and bamboo items including earrings, necklaces and bangles serve as unique gifts. Guwahati is an excellent shopping center where items from different regions of the state come together for sale and can also be compared for quality and price.

Sualkuchi Assam Silk – Often called the ‘Manchester of the East’, Sualkuchi is one of the world’s largest weaving villages where the entire population is engaged in weaving exquisite silk fabrics. Located at a distance of 32 kilometers from Guwahati, Sualkuchi is a renowned center of silk production, especially Muga, a golden silk variety of Assam which is not produced anywhere else in the world. Located on the north bank of River Brahmaputra, Sualkuchi is famous for the Endi Cloth manufactured in this region largely used in the making of Mekhela Chaddors and Gamosas which are highly in demand within Assam and other parts of the Indian sub-continent.

Barpeta Traditional Handicrafts – The ‘Land of the Satras’, located on the north side of River Brahmaputra, Barpeta City is about 90 kilometers to the northwest of Guwahati. At the centre of the socio-religious Vaishnava-reform movement, Barpeta is well known for its traditional handicrafts industry including ivory-carving, the indigenous fire-crackers industry and the bell & brass metal industry recognized all over the world. Numerous decorative items of daily use include furniture, jewelry, handicrafts, wooden crafts, paintings, and gift items of cane and bamboo prepared by rural artisans.

There are plenty of government emporiums also that sell these at reasonable prices.

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