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Your eyes are bound to sparkle with joy when you enter the Gitanjali Store on Cunningham Road. An exclusive jewelry store, it houses a range of brands such as Asmi, D'Damas, Gilli, and others. Selling authentic jewelry in varied designs and patterns, the shop is spacious enough to allow customers to move from one display unit to another. These exquisite displays are showcased in wooden panels and there are a few even on wall panels. Polite staff is more than willing to help select the right accessory, thus ensuring that every customer walks out content and pleased with his purchase.
Bengaluru seems to be a favorite with the state of Jammu and Kashmir as far as handicrafts are concerned. Many shops all around the city deal with special handicrafts and arts such as Pashmina shawls and carpets. The entrance to Sultan Kashmir Cottage Emporium is decorated with a huge carpet whose vibrant colors do much to brightens one's mood. Saffron, which is a very precious entity, is available in this store besides other specialities such as papier mache. An array of handmade articles such as paperweights, holders, souvenirs are all yours for the taking.
A Government of India enterprise, 'Cauvery' Karnataka State Arts and Crafts Emporium is the place to buy what the state is known for. Mostly seen as a haunt for foreigners, looking to pick up a rustic souvenir or two, the place deals mostly with items carved from wood like rosewood and teak wood among others. Ornate prayer stands, elephants, carpets, and Channapatna toys are some popular choices with customers. Also available are idols of Gods and Goddesses, intricately designed but priced at rates where you have to really think over before buying. Outside the store, items such as handmade bags and bangles are also on sale but you may not get to bargain much. Cauvery is more tuned into the needs of overseas tourists as can be seen by the clientele who make their way here.
While there are quite a number of options for shopping handicrafts and other such arty stuff in Bengaluru, Kahawa stands out in terms of the sheer variety and styles it offers. The boutique located in Vasanthanagar has everything from ethnic apparel, folk jewelery and handbags to paintings, murals and other home decorative pieces. The boutique has a solid reputation in the city for stocking unique and aesthetic pieces. It's not surprising though, as the stock is sourced from local artists all over India and the owner takes a great amount of effort to encourage such talents. Check website for more information.