The principal city of the
state of Gujarat (in western India), is situated on the banks of the
Sabarmati river, associated with Mahatma Gandhiís ashram. It is a center
for textiles, specially colourful patchwork and embroidery (bead and mirror
work), tie- and dye, Zari work on silk and Patola silks.
Ashram Road, about 10
From the Railway Station, houses most of the upmarket showrooms and arcades
meant for tourists. Garvi and Gurjari the two multi-storied, government
owned establishments, house the most genuine crafts carefully selected and
displayed. Kala Niketan has an artistic and extensive collection of silks
For fine quality Zari work Ratanpol Road would be ideal and is
just 3 kms. Away. Patola saris, bead-embroidered ghagras,
cholis, torans, tondris, chakla, zari, chandrawas,
Namdas-felt embroidered with wool, block
printed textiles, clay painting, hand painted fabrics are the famous opf
this region .
On Sundays, the banks of
the Sabarmati river near Lakdi Ka Pul present a colourful spectacle as a
large crowded flea market spreads over a few Kms. Along it. Be it fruits,
vegetables, pins, needles, or even a car engine take your pick at your
The other bazaars and
shopping areas include Manek Chowk, Relief Road Market, Lal Darwaza, Law
Garden, C.G. Road and Kapasia Bazar.
So go ahead, shop to your
heartís delight and take home an exquisite, piece made in
India , just for you.