Shopping in Punjab

Punjab is a paradise for the lovers of handloom and handicrafts, many of them unusual and highly specialized and practiced all over the state. It enjoys the repute of being one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of handloom products, handicrafts and hosiery goods in India. It is a very well acknowledged fact that shopping is a must during any trip and the state is no exception to it. Punjab offers you innumerable things to take back home. Its traditional items bear the stamp of its rich culture. Almost all the tourist places in Punjab, right from Amritsar to Ludhiana and Chandigarh to Pathankot, offer the scope for shopping.

The colorful Phulkaris of Punjab and the antique-finish jewelry are always in high demand. Punjab’s very own Pidhis are low, four legged woven stools that are used widely. Wood work of Hoshiarpur and Kartarpur are renowned for artistic furniture with intricate designs. The inlay furniture is made by carving out detailed designing and then inlaying them with ivory though nowadays white plastics are used instead. Durries of Punjab are spreads to be used on floor or on bed and are adored for their rugged look though fitting snugly in contemporary homes. Punjab dolls are quite a fave buy especially the Punjabi bride dolls and the dolls dancing traditional Bhangra. Some other dolls are embellished with colorful additions of beads, buttons, feathers, tinsels and tassels. Paper Mache utensils for household storage are also useful buys.

Punjab is specially adored worldwide as a manufacture and exporter of woolen shawls, stoles and fabrics. The districts of Ludhiana, Jalandhar and places like Amritsar deserve special mention in this respect. The wide range of choice that Punjab offers is awesome and attracts people very easily.Punjab woolen shawls are known specially for their patterns, coziness, warmth and comfort at a reasonable price. Specialties of Punjab include Angora, Jamavar, Embroidered Pashmina and Beaded Pashmina. These shawls are mostly adorned with exquisite patterns and the price soars with the intricacies.

“Punjabi jutties” (footwears for ladies only) especially those from Muktsar are coveted all through the world for its color, elegance, beauty and utility all wrapped in one. Gold, silver and multicolored ornate jutties with a royal look are a must buy inclusion in your shopping list if you are in Punjab. A Magic Pair of jutties will go with anything in your closet.

Inlaid Furniture

Punjab has an exclusive panorama of inlaid furniture. These are carved with exquisite geometrical, floral, animal and trellis designs, in Mughal style of art. Here, you can get the most unique collection of chairs, round tables, corner tables, beds, small stools locally called Peeras, walnut wood furniture and many others. Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Bhera are the principal areas producing inlaid furniture.

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