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In Jaipur I would like to buy one of those embroidered bedspread or wall hangings. I would like something good quality and im happy to pay more for one fixed price, or one where I know that the profit goes back to the person who made it. But where so I get one from and how much do they cost? The price is important because if its too expensive, that is fine but I would not be able to afford on this particular trip.
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There is a fabulous shop called Ridhi Sidhi Textiles, run by a wonderful gent called Bharat Badaya. He has his own factory and warehouse nearby which is fabulous too. The cost ranges from Rs.2000 to Rs.10,000, but better call before you go.

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Ridhi Sidhi Textiles
9 East Govind Nagar, Near Manglam Arts, Amber Palace Rd
Opp Holiday Inn, Outside Jhorawar Gate
Jaipur
Rajasthan
302002
India

+91 141-2633134

Right behind it is a treasure trove of a shop on many tiers called Manglam Arts
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Manglam Arts
East Govind Nagar, Amber Palace Rd
Opp Holiday Inn, Outside Jhorawar Gate
Jaipur

+91 141-2635293
In many respects, Manglam is the best shop I have been to in India! Some of the stuff is super-expensive but I spent hours there window-shopping.
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@ fing fang. I've been enjoying your running trip report thoroughly so thanks for sharing that with us. First of all, embroidered bedspreads are not a part of Jaipur tradition - still, you will find them and possibly they would have been made in Jaipur too (by diversified factories that have come up in the last 50 years or so) but the better embroidered spreads come from Barmer (within Rajasthan) . Gujarat has a lot more variety if you're headed that way as does Bengal. You'll find embroidered sarees with glittering threads (zari work - called aari-tari in Jaipur) but i suppose that's not what you're looking for. The traditional art around Jaipur is block printing and if that interests you, I can dig out some recommendations.

Coming to your question, If you're OK to buy a good embroidered spread as souvenir irrespective of whether it was made in Jaipur then a better, fixed price option is Rajasthali run by the state government of Rajasthan near 'Yadgaar' (memorial) at the end of MI Road : http://www.rajasthancrafts.gov.in/ and a photo of the facade on CN traveler site here: http://www.cntraveller.in/content/ci.../jaipur?page=3. Rajasthali also runs a showroom on Janpath, Delhi should you find no time in Jaipur. prices are a bit higher here. Phone numbers are on this site : http://rajasthalitest.rajasthan.gov.in/

Last point on this - the most touristy kitsch is in Bapu bazaar and near Hawa mahal - fantastic variety (including traditional rajasthani puppets), no idea what the real price of anything is (sometimes half of what's being asked). Fun area to visit.

Enjoy your time in my city and I certainly look forward to reading your impressions!

- V_A

p.s. @ VishVa - It is indeed expensive that side, as it's on the road from Delhi just before you enter Jaipur and take a slight turn. Hence most high end tourists will end up there by default. The showrooms that side started off as export houses (which are still maintained) but now they have retail fronts as well
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Thanks for the suggestions. I did not realise these bedspread were no traditional of Jaipur. Im not planning on visiting Gujarat this time. Of course I would like something authentic and this is not just a souvenir for me but a piece of art work to treasure. This is why I am happy to save the money and buy something wonderful. If it means I need to wait and come back, then I will. There is no harm looking though. The one thing I definitely do want is a lovely pair of jooti shoes. In England these are similar to ballet flat shoes and we wear them with jeans, leggings or skirts. Jaipur I am sure will be a highlight for me because of the crafts, and good job my mum isn't here too otherwise she would never leave and my Dad would become very poor!
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Excellent to know Vaibhav. Yes, Riddhi Sidhhi's factory was a huge export-oriented establishment and the craftsmen were hand-printing reams of brilliant block-printed designs meticulously set using hand-eye coordination. I went as a tourist, but was accompanying a commercial buyer and exporter from Delhi, hence the in-depth guided tour of the factory. The retail shop had a good selection of Jaipuris. I have good videos of the block-printing process and will try to upload online.

Do you have any feedback on Manglam? I was bowled over.

We had lunch at a fabulous Halwai which does Rajasthani Thalis in the old-bazaar area. Long queue for the meal! I forget the name unfortunately.
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I have not been to Mangalam and typically would not go to an export house till they're running a surplus sale - just dont have that kind of money.

Amongst the earliest to run such a sale was Anokhi. The sale was held annually in 'Amroodon ka bagh' (or the Garden of Guavas - near Sawai Mansingh stadium) Of course, even at sale prices, we (family) found those prices to be much higher than what we could afford. So we typically just waited for one of the state government exhibitions - there were at-least about four per year . I got a bengali handloom kurta in 2009 in my size (XL indian) for Rs 400/- I think !

Not sure where you ate - a few known shops in the walled city include Lakshmi Mishthan Bhandar, Mohan restaurant, Bombay Mishthan Bhandar, etc. Do you have the name of the bazaar?

Also, a great place to understand the block printing process is Anokhi museum (in Aamer) - there's a resident block printer always around and he does a quick demo the moment a tourist walks in.
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Originally Posted by Fing Fang View Post The one thing I definitely do want is a lovely pair of jooti shoes. In England these are similar to ballet flat shoes and we wear them with jeans, leggings or skirts. Jaipur I am sure will be a highlight for me because of the crafts, and good job my mum isn't here too otherwise she would never leave and my Dad would become very poor!


Do you mean something that looks like this -

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Well luckily there's an excellent shop (amongst several that i cant vouch for the quality of) opposite Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar. If you go to LMB and have 'desi ghee ki tikki' or 'Ghewar' (oh and that one you must, it's our own dessert and no one else can rightfully claim it's theirs) - just cross the street it's on and you'd see this shop. Pay about 20% less of what he asks - he normally doesn't jack up his prices much. I had clicked this photo while buying juttis for my brother's wedding. He stocks Jodhpuri Juttis as well (those come with heavier needle thread work).

Also Rajasthali would have these as well, possibly in smaller number as well as block prints and other traditional crafts - it's worth a visit if you're just confused and looking for an authentic souvenir.
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The Bapu Bazaar would be the best for your needs.

There is a shop named M.K International Shop no - 36/37 where rates are fixed and you will get loads of prints. I always buy my bed sheets/ salwar suits from here.

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