What To Buy
Bangles, like the traditional 'Bindhi' (forehead stickers), have become an integral part of women's lives in Hyderabad. For all the women who love to adorn their wrists with colorful bangles, this is the perfect place to shop for the same. There are hundreds of shops around Charminar where shops display beautiful collections of gorgeous bangles. The most famous type of bangles here is the Hyderabadi Lacquered Bangles, which are molded from pure lac and adorned with beautiful mirror works of different colors. Lad Bazar is another place where you can go bangle shopping.
Pearls And Other Jewelry
Another specialty of Hyderabad is its pearl collection and also other gold and silver jewelry sets. Though the rice pearl is the tiniest of all the types, these are available in exquisite designs and glamourize your attire. Basra is the more precious version of the pearl varieties and is unparalleled to any other kind in terms of lustre, price and also color.
Where To Buy
Most of the pearl stores present in Patar Gatti and Lad Bazar are more than a century old and sell only the reliable varieties of pearl. Also, there are stones available like topaz, jade, garnets and corals. There are hundreds of stores found in Abids, Basheerbagh, Jagadamba Jewellers, Suraj Bhan Jewellers and a few other shops in Secunderabad too. Here are the names and addresses of a few shops.
- Princess Pearls
Shop No 5-4-666/1
Peshwari Plaza, South Abids
Near Hotel Saptagiri, Hyderabad.
- Motilal Jewellers and Pearls
Opposite Medina building Patar Gatti, Hyderabad.
- Sri Jagadamba Pearls: 2-4-26, MG Road
Opposite Mahatma Gandhi statue,
Just being provided with a thread and a needle, the Banjara women of the tribal possess the power to transform any ordinary cloth to something unique and awesome. This is the magical power that lies within their hands. They extensively use mirror works to do the same and this is what is featured in traditional Banjara designs. Not only are these mirror works done on cloths, but are also seen on bags, shirts, 'kurtas', cushion covers, bed spreads etc.
Do you wish to bring back something special from Hyderabad that reminds you of the beautiful days you spent in the city? As a souvenir from Hyderabad, bring back an Ikat woven sample. This one of the unique craft pieces of Andhra handloom and is a type of craft that has outlived all other crafts till date. The yarn is prepared by the weavers by first dipping it in oil and it is woven into fabric. Following this, the fabric is waxed and according to the required design, it is covered in clay. Items such as sarees, blankets, fancy bags, carpets, coasters, mats can also be woven this way.
Famous Bazars In Hyderabad
- Begum Bazaar
- Laad Bazaar
- Sultan Bazaar
- Mahatma Gandhi Road
- Charminar Market
- Koti Sultan Bazaar
- General Bazaar
Hyderabad is a one-stop destination for all those game for shopping. Enjoy yourself while you are in the land of the Nawabs!