Handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh
Primary amongst its traditional crafts is the ancient heritage of textiles backed by a stunning array of weaves, printing and dyeing processes. Visitors can also enjoy shopping for woodcraft, stone craft, cane and bamboo crafts, 'dokhra' work and ironware, carpets and 'durries', ornaments- both imperial and tribal, jute and leather toys, papier mache and the paintings of the Gwalior school.
Sarees & Textiles:-
The fragile beauty of the Chanderi sarees is an integral part of many a bride's trousseau. This medieval town has been patronized by royalty and nobility for these glorious off-whites and pastels with their motifs drawn from nature, in all its richness of blended silk and cotton. The rich and stunning heritage of the Maheshwari sarees, inspired by Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar in the 18th century, was almost lost but concerted efforts for its revival have paid off. 'Tussar' silk sarees are as much a rage with the traditional matron as they are with the modern miss. Tussar fabric is also available by the metre. 'Bagh' prints, indigenous to the Malwa and Nimar region from Mughal times, are beautifully showcased on quilts, 'jamas' and 'odhinis'; they now also figure on house linen, 'dupattas' and sarees. The craftsmen of Ujjain, Mandsaur, Gautampura and Tarapur produce the vibrant variations of the 'Bandhini' prints. Batiks from Indore and Bhairogarh will floor you with their elegance and trendy charm.
Zari, Jeweller & Metal Craft:-
Stock up on souvenirs embellished with traditional gold 'zari' embroidery work from Bhopal but remember to save up for some of the most stunning tribal silver jeweller from Tikamgarh, Jhabua and Sheopur Kalan. Imperial designs, inspired by the patronage of royals and the nobility are evident in the delicate 'theva' work. There are stunning souvenirs made by bell-metal workers or the users of the lost wax technique and from ironmongers you can buy tribal masks, wall hangings and other gift items for all budgets.