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This place has a big array of bedspreads, tapestries, clothing (ready-made and custom-made, including silk) and other textiles, made by its own workers and others. Staff don’t belabour you with too much of a hard sell.
Has an excellent selection of new and secondhand books in several languages and day-old newspapers. It buys books, too.
With some unusual jewellery, paintings and all sorts of textiles, this is one of the most original of numerous craft shops around town.
This family of silversmiths makes beautiful, delicate silver rings and bracelets featuring world landmarks and Hindu gods. Asking prices for rings start at ₹1800 (at a rate of ₹300 per day’s work).
A particularly good selection of patchwork quilts, cushion covers and wall hangings put together from village and tribal textiles.
Bookshops are 10 to the rupee in Jaisalmer, but this one wins us over with the cubbyhole cafe at the back, where you can browse through your latest purchase or get online while sipping a decent espresso...
This small shop near the fort’s main square sells beautiful patchworks, embroidery, paintings, bags, rugs, cushion covers and all types of Rajasthani art...
An enthralling little shop selling crystals and rare mineral specimens. The owner will probably whip back a little curtain to reveal an amazing apophyllite piece – not for sale.
Another good selection of new and used books.
Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan sells good khadi (homespun cloth), fixed-price carpets, shawls and woven garments.
Opposite Hotel Sagar, about 2km north of Junagarh, this is a conventional crafts emporium, with a good stock of silverware, textiles and paintings.
Run by the Urmul Trust, a local NGO supported by Urmul Dairy (whose office is next door), Abhivyakti sells blankets, bags, shirts and cushion-covers produced by skilled village artisans...
The Swami family has been painting miniatures in Bikaner for four generations, and now run this art school-cum-gallery...
This tiny contemporary art gallery features the work of about 40 top Rajasthani painters.
This small but interesting shop sells goods made by women who have learned craft skills with the Sambhali Trust , which works to empower disadvantaged women and girls...
Upstairs is an Aladdin’s Den of new and used books, piled high in no apparent order – great fun for browsing. Downstairs is filled with handicrafts.
A good place to gain knowledge of traditional garments. It also has a large range of carpets and shawls.
The most famous spice shop in Jodhpur (and believe us, there are lots of pretenders!), MV Spices has several small branches around town that are run by the seven daughters of the founder of the original stall...
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