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Shopping in Jammu and Kashmir

Shopping in Jammu and Kashmir is a fun filled experience. Jammu and Kashmir with all its idiosyncrasies, is a shopper's paradise. A wide variety of handicraft products are available for the tourists to take back as souvenirs. Significantly enough each district in Jammu and Kashmir has its own shopping knick knacks. For instance Jammu handicrafts and embroideries are to be reckoned with, Kashmiri pashminas are considered to be rare and exquisite and are sold at a very high price.

Kashmiri shawls in its different variations of cotton and wool are a sure pick. The embroidery done meticulously and with an eye for detail, is a much coveted item and you would often find one of these hanging in the closet of the rich and famous of India.

The rare Pashmina shawls are expensive but are treated like an heirloom which can be passed from generation to generation due to its exquisite quality. The value of pure Pashminas runs over thousands of rupees.

When Shopping in Jammu and Kashmir, don't forget to glance through the embroidered carpet depicting scenes from the picturesque landscape of Kashmir.Made from beaten wool, these carpets are an important product of the Kasida industry in Kashmir. Floral and other geometrical motifs are also designed with great care. Both the pile carpet and the smooth carpet have a huge overseas market as well as a booming Indian market.

Products of papier macher are also in demand. Egg cups, cigarette boxes, kum kum boxes can be gifted as souvenirs. High grade papier macher which are as smooth as silk, are used by the craftsmen to shape products like lamp shade, bowls and trays. Intricate paintings of chinar leaves, pine trees, and the landscape of mountains are painted atop the machier with the deft fingers of the artist.

Walnut furniture in Jammu and Kashmir is a good bet if you have means to carry it all the way back to your hometown. Due to the soft quality of the wood engravings can be easily done.