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Jaipur has earned the nickname Pink City but this has to do with its traditional royal palaces. Hot Pink, on the other hand, is reinventing ancient Indian art and textiles into trendy pieces, worthy of being showcased on the modern international fashion scene. Housed in the Narain Niwas Palace, it boasts a well-curated collection of some of India's niche designers and fashion houses like Idli by Thierry Journo, Abraham & Thakore, Manish Arora and Namrata Joshipura. Here, tie and dye methods, block printing, cashmere shawls, hand embroidery and Kashmiri handloom get a kitschy and contemporary twist. Of particular interest are studded brooches, lamps with gold leaf motifs, chokers and home fabrics in a kaleidoscope of colors.
IDLI Design, named for the famous South Indian snack, has won several rave reviews in the media. Its unique fusion of ancient Indian art with quirky modern design, what it describes as New Exoticism, has captured the heart of fashionistas seeking funky fusion styles. You'll need a dash of flamboyance to carry off the eclectic jewels and accessories, but the pieces will add glam to any outfit. Floral peach pouches in satin silk, tie-and-dye textiles, suede leather bags with Indian prints, Bohemian jewelry and wicker lamps resembling fish scales are just some of the decor items and accessories found here. The collection also boasts colorful throws, regal mirrors and kimono tunics.
Resident guests at the Narain Niwas Palace Hotel will have a tough time curbing their shopping urges, when they pass the in-house Jaipur Art store. Since 1978, this place has been promoting Jaipur art to locals as well as international visitors with their stunning display of local hand-crafted products, real stone jewelry, paper paintings and souvenirs. Their ethnic garments for men and women are wearable for every season and spell elegance. Stroll around the aisles and you would find yourself already picking up more than what you intended to buy! Open throughout the week, this shop is definitely a crowd puller as their colorful stock catches every eye.
Aashka is the highly successful venture of Udaipur's Princess Bhargavi and this Jaipur outlet is the brand's second store, the flagship being in Udaipur. The royal touch is evident in the luxury furniture, art forms, motifs and craft works presented in the showroom. Marble tables, pearl dressers, handcrafted fabrics and elegant mirrors, all find a place in its eclectic collection. From bronze idols of Lord Krishna to block printed cotton silk stoles and bed linen, this store has plenty to help you set up a stylish home, with a dash of ancient Indian design sensibilities.
If you are looking for an exquisite ornament replete with the intricate workmanship and a blend of Rajasthani and contemporary design, then a good idea is to head to Dwarkas. Whatever the occasion, this store has a piece of jewel art to go with it. Located in the C-scheme area, it is some distance away from the main bazaars of the city, but once here, you'd find it totally worth the trip. Dwarkas may not yet be branded as a 'trend-setter' internationally, but with branches across India and also in cities like New York and London, Dwarkas is well on its way to achieving global fame!