Shopping in Aurangabad
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Hand-woven Himroo material is a traditional Aurangabad speciality (though people have differing opinions regarding its aesthetic appeal). Made from cotton, silk and silver threads, it was developed as a cheaper alternative to Kam Khab, the more lavish brocades of silk and gold thread woven for royalty in the 14th century. Most of today’s Himroo shawls and saris are mass-produced using power looms, but some showrooms in the city still run traditional workshops, thus preserving this dying art. One of the best places to come and watch the masters at work is the Paithani Weaving Centre, behind the Indian Airlines office. It’s worth a visit even if you’re not buying.