Situated adjacent to each other at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place, New Delhi, are state emporiums. They are a haven for shoppers interested in handicrafts and cultural items of different states of India. Shopping in these emporiums offers a tour-of-India-like experience.
Famous shopping stops are Rajasthan, for puppets and miniature paintings; Kashmir, for shawls and carpets, Uttar Pradesh, for marble inlay work; Orissa, for stone carvings; Tamil Nadu, for metal statues and saris; and Karnataka, for sandalwood scriptures.
Visitors can find a vast range of items, with each state’s specialty present here. From handcrafted jewelry pieces to exquisite items, the emporiums offer a great place for satiating shopping cravings of tourists. Visitors can shop till they drop. They can drop themselves at the famous Coffee House and other eating joints nearby.
The emporiums are open from 11 am to 7 pm every day, except Sundays.
Central Cottage Industries Emporium
This is a world-famous emporium located in Janpath in New Delhi. This is the place to be at, to find exquisite handicraft and handloom products. The emporium was set up in 1952 as an endeavor to preserve Indian crafts and skill of craftspeople and to help them earn a livelihood.
Today, the emporium features flagship showrooms in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru. It offers the finest craft pieces from nook and corner of India. Visitors can find beautiful sculptures, breathtaking paintings, artifacts, marvelous metal ware, and an amazing range of wood craft, pottery, marble craft, and stoneware. Apart from these, there are branded Bankura silver pieces, artistic craft pieces, jewelry, and a splendid range of carpets, home linen, saris, furnishings, and furniture. There is also a collection of teas from Darjeeling, Assam, and other parts, green teas, white teas, plus numerous herbal products.
Central Cottage Industries Emporium is open from 10 am to 7 pm daily.
Delhi Emporium “Bharti”
Delhi Emporium “Bharti” is located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place in New Delhi. It showcases creations of Indian weavers, craftspeople, and folk artists. The emporium gives a fair idea of what India is through its products, ambience, décor, and everything else related to it. This is a treasure house of art forms and traditional crafts. Visitors can find a rare fusion of the modern and the traditional here. A wide range of saris, carpets, fabrics, shawls, handloom items, brassware, leather items, wood carvings, paintings, marble pieces, white metal items, and handicraft products mesmerize visitors.
The emporium represents “Heritage of Indian Culture.” The emporium provides a perfect platform for grass root level artisans to showcase their products. National and state level awardees also get a chance to exhibit their products.
Delhi Emporium “Bharti” is open from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm daily.
Mrignayani MP Government Emporium
This is a state government undertaking. The Madhya Pradesh Laghu Udyog Nigam has endeavored to promote the growth of the state’s small scale industries. The emporium features a fantastic range of men’s collection, women’s collection, furnishings, and more.
The emporium is located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Jammu and Kashmir Emporium
Jammu and Kashmir Emporium is located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place, New Delhi. It is a haven for Kashmir silks, Pashmina shawls, willow chairs, home décor items, walnut furniture, papier mache décor items, and Crewel craft, which is unique embroidery on drapery and upholstery.
Papier mache items include plates, bowls, boxes of various shapes and colors, and a variety of decorative items for wall, windows, and table tops. The lacquered papier mache balls, crescents, bells, and stars in bright colors catch the eye of visitors. It is hard to ignore Kashmiri naqashi or painting that uses vegetable and mineral dyes. Small mattresses, known as namdas and gabbas, which are made of felting wool, and chain stitch embroidery mesmerize tourists. The Samovar, which is a tea kettle from Russia, is a fascinating display at this place.
The emporium is one of the best places to shop for handicrafts in the city. The place is open from 11 am to 6 pm daily, except Sundays.
Utkalika Orissa State Emporium
Utkalika Orissa State Emporium is also located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place in New Delhi. The rich cultural heritage of Orissa includes handicrafts and wood carvings. Both reflect aesthetics and utility. Handicrafts of this state are recognized globally. They display artisan’s innovation, superb skill, dedication, and passion to create original pieces.
Several master crafts persons have received the National Award and National Merit Certificate for their unmatched craftsmanship. Three craftspeople have obtained the Padma Award and Shilpi Guru Award.
Indeed, Delhi’s Emporiums are a treasure house of India’s rich crafts, arts, and culture. Tourists from all over India and world visit the emporiums to get a taste of the country.
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