This shop sells every type of fabric you can think of by the yard. It also has ready made duvets, bedspreads, wall-hangings, soft furnishings and clothes. The merchandise is spread over 2 floors.
You can take any style of outfit to the shop, choose which fabric you would like and have it made up in the shop and get it delivered to your hotel the next day.
Fantastic display and choice. You can haggle.
What to buy: I was specifically looking for a wall-hanging in the Zardozi tradition, and luckily they had one. Mine was 1075 x 2000 meters and has 130 embroidered panels. I will treasure it for ever.
What to pay: Haggle with the price, its expected
What to buy: For very light quilts, the type you would like to cover yourself with when the air-conditioner or the fan is going on at full blast, try the .5 or 1 kg Jaipur quilt. You may like the pure cotton covers rather than their silken variety. The preferred brand is ‘SML’ and the one shop is No. 52-53, Chaura Rasta.
Try out Shop # 172-A in Bapu Bazar for their wide variety of churidar-kurta suits and dress material. Besides other ladies’ garments, they also keep plenty of linen material, like bedsheets, bedcovers and pillow covers. The best part is their competitive prices as well as their excellent cotton material.
What to buy: Wide variety of churidar-kurta suits, dress material and linen
We went to Jaipur and stayed at Krishna Palace.The registered taxi driver of Krishna Palace drove us to this place when we wished to shop.At the entrance,they tried to impress the visitors with their block printing workshop.They asked what we wanted to buy and then sent us to the corresponding counter.The sales man was somewhat arrogant and unfriendly and opened a number of items even if we did not asked him to.I bought three suits and then he started showing sarees.I did not like any of them and he was forcing us to buy.Then he started talking with the other guy in their local language probably abusing us which was clear from his gestures.Also driven by guilt that I have wasted his time as he had opened a number of bundles,I bought 2 sarees one of which was of 4500 and other of 6500.Also we bought a kurta payjama for Rs. 2500.Next day we went to the local shop and saw a similar suit which I had bought from this shop for 2500.Just for curiosity I asked the price and they said Rs.700.I saw that the stuff was similar but just tried to convince myself that what I bought form 'Neelkanth' was good.Then I found an exact kurta payjama which I bought from Neelkanth for Rs.2500,just for 500 in the local market.I was about to break into tears.Later I discovered that they charged atleast 2,3 for all the items I bought from there.I felt very bad for our hard earned money and never recommend them for anybody.Always buy from govt. emporium (if not good in bargaining) or local shops (if having good knowledge of textile stuff and good in bargaining)
You may buy in Bapu Bazar, Jaipur. One of the shops I could recommend is Harish Cloth Store, 56 Bapu Bazar, Jaipur 302003, Mr. Harish Salwani is the propeietor Tel: +91-141-2570645; Cell: 9828130645 (Salwar Suit clothes)
Do not waste time in searching shops for buying sarees at Jaipur
I visited Jaipur in Oct 2011 and purchased several sarees at the following shops. You can expect only 10% discount in these shops
(1) Rana’s, 1, Ganpati Plaza, M.I.Road, Jaipur, Ph: +91-141-4010100, 4010200, E-mail :firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) Jaipur Saree Kendra, 53, Ganpati Plaza, M.I. Road, jaipur, +91 141 2388662
(3) Jain Saree Centre, 90, Bapu Bazar
What to pay: Rs.1500-Rs.3500 per saree
This is a street market on the edge of the old city. It sells everything from shoes (I bought hand embroidered flip flops for under £2) saris, materials, clothes, food, bedlinen and tablecloths. It was extremely colourful and great to wander
What to buy: Anything whatever takes your eye but you need to barter
What to pay: Locals were buying alongside you and they picked up the seller when he tried to overcharge us
I liked Anokhi and bought two skirts and two white blouses here, but it would not have been difficult to find many more things to purchase. In the shop you can find high quality textiles, many of the clothes and fabrics are block printed, a speciality for Anokhi. It is not cheap, but the prices are lower than at home.
The clothes are produced outside Jaipur, in the fabric on an organic farm.
Anokhi is open between 9.30 - 20.00 on Monday - Saturday, and between 11.00 - 19.00 on Sundays.
Next to the shop there is an Anokhi café.
In Amber there is an Anokhi Museum about block printing.
And there are Anokhi shops in several other Indian cities than Jaipur.
Jaipur's bazaars are full of intriguing arts, crafts and other items to buy. Prices are typically far lower than New Delhi and Bombay, which tend to sell Jaipur-made arts and crafts for multiples of the price. So save your shopping for Jaipur when travelling through India. A wide range of interesting items are available, including marionettes, pashminas, colourful umbrellas, pottery, spices, flowers, fabrics, etc. Attached are photos containing examples of such items.
When I first enter the shop, it did not feel like the shop. Actually it was a art school, it is run by a family headed by the father Mr. Jugal Kishore. Who have won several Award of excellence from the government. When his son Mr. Vijay was giving the demonstration I was very amazed to see that he can right a full name of a small grain of rice. They have a very nice collection of paintings on silk, paper, marble and wood. A must watch for everyone who is going to Jaipur.
I am very amazed to see that someone can do such a beautiful art.
What to buy: You can buy from some most common paintings to some of the most exclusive painting. They have a very nice collection of some of the collection pieces.
What to pay: Depending upon the art work
A lot of shoppers visit India in a quandry. They're more than interested in jewelry, gold, silver, gems and such.... but they're also aware that not all shops and merchants are scrupulous and honest. I'm the first one to tell you that the fears are not without merit - you really need to find a reputable shop for more substantial purchases. ESPECIALLY, if you wish to have something shipped home, you have to have a merchant with a reputation beyond reproach.
In Jaipur, Antiquariat is such an outfit. They have excellent quality gems, jeweltry, paintings, and even some antique items. Lots of local crafts, carving and such as well. And, these are all well-made and designed items, you're getting the real deal. If you get a stone that's supposed to be a ruby of such and such a weight, it will be an honest sale.
The staff is quite helpful, and of course - they do want to make sales. It's what they do, after all. But, I didn't find them to be overbearing or annoying.... they're just, shall we say, "ready to help". :)
If shopping for jewelry, gems, gold, silver, etc. is on your agenda in Jaipur, ask to be taken to Antiquariat, and plan on spending a couple of hours. This is a huge, multi-storied, shop and there is much to see and consider.
What to buy: All of the above... but for me, I especially liked the small, historic icon paintings and such. So very delicate and moving. Not cheap, of course.... but a good value.
As for the jewelry, gems and gold/silver, there was a huge selection. Looked to be excellent quality and the prices were fair. Again, not giveaway, but fair.
This is a store where you could literally spend anywhere from 500 Rs (about $10) to well over 500,000 Rs ($10,000). It just depends on what you're buying. And again, you can trust the merchant... if you're having it shipped home, it will be properly packed, shipped and insured. These folks have been in business in Jaipur since 1975, and have an outstanding reputation.
What to pay: A fair price. Not a giveway price, but a fair price for fine quality.
India is well-known for its top-quality carpets and textiles. And, many visitors have interest in buying carpets for back home. However, EVERY guidebook you'll read will warn you to not buy have items shipped home, unless the reputation of the seller is unquestioned. And of course, there's the alternative - carry your carpet home with you, which is no fun.
I have here the Holy Grail for you carpet shoppers. Channi Carpets & Textiles is a quality outfit, a reputable dealer. And they safely and quickly ship purchases to your home, if you choose to do it that way. We bought a carpet in Jaipur from Channi on Saturday, October 11th. The carpet arrived in excellent condition at my home on Wednesday, October 22.
So, if you'd like to seriously shop for carpets or fine fabrics, I'd suggest going to Channi.
NOTE : If you'd like a look at the carpeting manufacture process, please see my separate travelogue/pictures. I've also posted one on batiking/fabric design. Channi Carpets is a good place to both find quality textiles and carpets AND to learn more about the production and painstaking care that goes into Indian carpets and the like.
What to buy: Well, they have excellent textiles, carpets and clothing. Generally, their merchandise isn't cheap, and if you were to shop around, I'm sure you could find a better price on similar merchandise. But in the case of carpets and having them shipped home, you want a reputable dealer who is going to follow through with your shipment in a reasonable amount of time. Channi Carpets will do so, they're very good with customer service.
We were mostly looking at carpets, so that's what I know best on prices.
Larger carpets range from about $2000 for camel's wool up to $4000 for silk. Medium size, something like 1.5 meters x 2.5 meters or so, you're talking $1000 or so for wool, maybe $2200 for silk. Small carpets, maybe 1 meter x 2 meters are something like $400 for camel's wool and about $1000 on silk. You'll never believe the number of patterns and options they have, and the sales folks never seem to tire of showing them to you. ;)
Speaking of salespersons, ask to see Balbir Kochar - he's the guy we worked with. VERY helpful and attentive. His mobile phone number is +91 98290 11098.
What to pay: See above. For carpets it depends on material and size, but basically they start at about $400 and go up into the thousands of dollars.
Channi takes all major credit cards, AE, MC and Visa.
One of the many shops in the bazaar near the Hawa Mahal. Everything is bright and colourful. Looking is fun, buying is something else with these tough traders.
What to buy: Indian garments, cotton skirts and blouses, shawls and pashminas are good buys.
Look at the colourful umbrellas, the bracelets etc which are so attractive- but do you really need them??
What to pay: Most important of all is to bargain. Aim at getting your purchase for about one-third of the original price the trader suggests first.
The shops that run along the length of Chanpol and Tripolia Bazaars in the Old City are an attraction in their own right. I walked along these bazaars from Chandpol Gate in the west and passed by shops selling absolutely everything from tiles to paint, stationary to textiles, coffee, spices and nuts. I even saw a few selling old sewing machines! If you cut through behind the shops like you have to do so if you want to climb up the Iswari Minar Swarga Sal, you'll find many repair and wholesalers selling hardware for the building trade.
Amber Road between Zorawar Gate and Holiday Inn. Here one will find handblock prints, blue pottery, carpets and antiques. Apart from jewellery, handicrafts like papier mache and carved furniture, are also extremely popular as also is the glazed blue pottery, an art that was imported from Persia. Blue pottery is made from ground quartz stone. On sale are surahis, pots, ear-rings, soap dishes, door knobs, mugs and jugs. Brass is another important metal and statues of various sizes are available besides brass animals used by children as toys. Items made of white metal are also great buys as are the carvings in stone especially white marble used for making statues of gods and goddesses, animal and human figures. Carved marble bowls, vases and other decorative items also figure high on the list of the shopper.
What to buy: Antiques, Paintings, Handicraft, Home Furnishings, Fabrics, Garments & Textiles, Wood Carving, Tara Cotta, Glass, Marble,Sand stone etc.
What to pay: Ask for the price and verify before you buy anithing.Bargain till you get Satisfied etc.
Jaipur is a great shopping city...just wander around on your own...and IGNORE the touts. Areas to look are MI Road, and around Hawa Mahal. Forget the semi precious stones, because unless you are an expert, you'll probably get ripped off! I liked the marble pieces in particular.