Handicrafts of Sikkim
From its pretty perch amongst the high ranges of the Eastern Himalayas- Sikkim offers visitors a dazzling array of hand crafted souvenirs that bear the mark of centuries- old traditions. Woolen carpets, furniture, hand-made paper and items in silk vie for your attention in the government emporium in Gangtok, capital of Sikkim.
Hand woven rugs in brilliant hues, embellished with motifs drawn from its cultural leanings offer an exciting reminder of this kingdom in the hills. Vegetable dyes are still used to create these magical floor coverings which come in different sizes.
Another old tradition is the crafting of wooden items. Of these the hottest item of sale down the decades has been the hand crafted wooden 'choktse' folding tables with carvings of dragons. Made from magnolia wood, these come plain or painted in brilliant hues, and are available in various sizes. Handmade paper is another popular item. You can see craftsmen at work at the government emporium near Raj Bhawan in Gangtok, Sikkim.
Woven Mosaic: -
Beautifully woven blankets, shawls, jackets and ready to wear garments make fine gifts. The old traditions of Batik work, appliqué work and 'Thangkha' paintings have been drawn upon to shore up the creative diversity of local artisans that could be easily lost in the cacophony of modern and newer trends.