Karnataka beckons all those who love to shop till they drop. The state is a shopper's paradise with an extensive wealth of indigenous artifacts. Mysore silks, sandalwood crafts, metalware products, bidriware of Bidar, lacquerware of Chennapatna . all these and more await shopping veterans who are ever-ready to splurge. Shopping in Karnataka should ideally encompass the following crafts.
Originating in Bidar in North Karnataka, bidriware articles involve the
inlaying of gold or silver on a base of an alloy of zinc and copper.
Bidriware is used to embellish various objects, including platters, paan
boxes, goblets, hookahs and trays.
Traditional Mysore paintings are a mesmerizing spectacle with their
bright vegetable dye colors and lustrous gold leaves.
Sandalwood of Karnataka is renowned for the exquisite carvings on wood.
The sandalwood products range from idols of deities and finely wrought
chariots to decorative pieces such as paper cutters, boxes, name cases,
trays, photo frames, and combs.
Mysore is famous for its luxuriant silk sarees. These sarees enchant
one and all with a riot of colours and traditional patterns woven in
real gold threads and brocade. They are a must have on everyone's
Metalware craft has taken distinctive forms in different regions of
Karnataka. The temple town of Udupi is known for its mythological
figures cast in metal, while household articles cast in bell metal are
found in Mangalore. Nagamangala near Mysore is well known for its bronze