Andhra Pradesh is a huge state having numerous attractions to boast of. While traveling to any foreign lands, people usually ask about the specialties of the particular place. For shopping lovers, the first question naturally comes out to be 'what to buy'. Giving an answer to their question, Andhra has loads and loads of items to set anyone on a shopping spree. This state is known world-wide for its exquisite pearl and diamond jewelry.
Apart from the alluring jewelry, the state also has a remarkable
collection of handicrafts, old antiques, beautiful silk and cotton
weaves. There are ample of jewelry showrooms in Hyderabad that brag of
their glittering charms and delicate ornaments. Other items include
amazing pearls of Hyderabad, astonishing silver filigree, clothes with
'banjara' mirror work, exotic perfumes (atar), 'bidri' work, Kondapalli
Keeping the old traditions alive, Kalamkari work is still in progress,
where fabric is painted with mythological depictions by pen.
Machilipatnam is best-known for its astonishing 'kalamkari' work.
'Bidri' is another remarkable art, which employs silver engraving on
black metal. Kondapalli toys use a kind of soft wood to create credible
copies of vegetables, fruits, animals and dolls. Banjara mirror work is
known for its amazing mirror setting. This work is usually done on
clothes and fabrics.
Hyderabad is also famous for its exotic perfumes, which revives the
thought of the 'Nawabs' and their royal taste. Not only this, Andhra
Pradesh is all the more famous for its beautiful Himroo, Ikat, Uppada,
Pochampalli, Dharmavaram, Venkatagiri and Mangalagiri sarees. Hand-woven
carpets from the state are also known, especially for their delicate
designs. Andhra's handicrafts are made by rural artisans and craftsmen,
who are extremely good at the art.
In Warangal district, Cheriya is known for its beautiful paintings,
while Pembarti for its brass metalwork. The art and crafts village of
Shilparamam is the best place to find traditional handloom textiles,
carpets, durries, bed linen and perhaps knick-knacks of all kinds.
Another item in great demand is silver filigree, which observes
exceptionally intricate designs on polished silver, requiring great
patience and craftsmanship.
The main shopping places in Andhra Pradesh include Government
Emporiums, Arts and Crafts Village, Basheerbagh, Abids, Nampally,
Ameerpet, Himayatnagar, Begumpet, Somajiguda, Punjagutta Mahatma Gandhi
Road, Begum Bazaar and Laad Market (Hyderabad). Bargaining is the
essential feature of shopping in Andhra Pradesh. If you are not
comfortable in bargaining, it is recommended to buy from Government
emporiums that assure reasonable price as well as good quality.