Exquisite embroideries and colourful prints make up the fabric of life in Gujarat, but there are many other delightful things to buy.
The best one...!!
Patalo of Patan -- The pride of the small town of Patan, the Patola silk saree is the result of a precious, n increasingly race, art that has evolved over many centuries. The sarees are woven using an elaborate process, lasting many months, known as the double ikat technique. This painstaking exercise involves type-n-dyeing the threads according to the patterns of the saree, before setting them on the loom. Both the wrap n weft threads are tye n dyed in the final colour, giving the Patola its brocade like richness n also making the saree reversible.
Depending on the intricacy of the pattern, Patolas can cost anything from Rs- 50,000 to more than two lacs. Although purists would agree that they are well worth the price, single ikat versions made in Sayla, Somassar n Rajkot are available at much lower rates.
To watch the skilled craftspeople at work, head to the village of Sumrassar Sheikh, less than hour's drive from Bhuj. It is the home to the Sodha Rajput weavers, who specialist in soof embroidery, characterized by bold abstract designs, realized in the most delicate stitch. It is also worth to spend a day or two touring the villages of the Banni region--Hodka. About 60 km from Bhuj is specially well known. Here, you can purchase gorgeous silk floss embroidery, embellished with beads n mirrors.
You can buy best type of Kutch embroidery from the retail outlet of the NGO in Sumrassar Sheikh.
Pataras of Kutch -- Among the most handy souvenirs you can pick up in Gujarat are Patras, brass - covered boxes in various sizes, ranging from dainty jewellery cases to huge chests that once carried trousseau's of utensils, n even bedding. Also worth buying shaped brass nutcrackers, reminiscent of decadent royalty polishing off mountains of Pistachios n Walnuts.
Gujarat is the leading center for Silver items, including ornate Jewellery, Sindoor boxes, Utensils n even Furniture. Anjar, Bhuj, Deshalpur n Mandvi in Kutch district are good places to shop for silverware, as are the markets of Rajkot, Gondal n Wadhwan.
For tribal silver ornaments, n even arrows n daggers, nothing can equal Poshina.