Hyderabad, the capital city of the Indian state Andhra Pradesh, is one of the hottest tourist spots that attract huge number of travellers all across the world. Though the city is one of the fastest developing metropolitan in India, it still carries the heritage of the past. Besides visiting the popular sightseeing places, relishing the exotic Moghalai cuisine, one thing you should do is to take back home unique, impressive, and ethnic handmade items available in Hyderabad.
It’s easy to find machine-made items anywhere in the world. They are mass produced and manufactured using machines. But, when it comes to handmade products, every minute detail is taken care of by an individual. It takes a lot of effort and hard work to produce a piece of fine art. Mass produced items can be made available in large volumes whereas handmade are available in small volumes. Skill and craftsmanship are crucial to create handicrafts– which are abundant in places around Hyderabad.
Variety of handicrafts available in Hyderabad
Hyderabad’s handicraft stores house a huge collection of handicrafts basically classified into two categories – articles for everyday use and home décor items. All the available handicrafts are made of metal, wood, textile, stone, ceramic and glass.
Few items which you can take back home as gifts include wooden toys of Etikoppaka, Kondapalli, and Nirmal; Nirmal paintings, Bidriware crafts like hookah bases, flower vases; lac bangles studded with mirror work; Lambada embroidery work dresses, bedspreads, cushion covers; block printed handloom fabrics, Kalamkari freehand quill painted fabrics, heavy work fabrics stitched with Hyderabadi Zardozi silk and more.
Why purchase handicrafts from Hyderabad
- Variety of handicrafts: Hyderabad is not only the capital city of the state, but also a huge market place where people/merchants from various parts of the state come to sell/buy various products. As Andhra Pradesh is a major craft centre which produces variety of handicrafts unique from each place, a tremendous variety of crafts are available in Hyderabad markets. Each handicraft has its own speciality and story behind it which makes them more authentic. You can find huge collection of handicrafts all at a place in Hyderabad markets.
- Inexpensive: One interesting fact about the handicrafts available in Hyderabad is their cost effectiveness. Though they are made by skilled artisans who put in lot of hard work and effort to craft them into beautiful pieces, the items are cheap. So, one can find handmade exotic crafts at affordable prices.
- Promote international art: Many tourists feel privileged to purchase authentic Indian arts and crafts. They do it with a right intention to promote the crafts of other nations. So, if you have the same intention you could help promote international art by purchasing handicrafts from Hyderabad.
- Encourage livelihood of craftsmen: Handicrafts available in Hyderabad are often made by artisans and craftsmen from small towns and villages of the state. Most of the workers include women and the under privileged. As the handicrafts industry is providing employment to large number of artisans, your purchase can make a difference is one’s life. The more people show interest towards handmade goods, the more opportunities will get created for the artisans which help them to make a livelihood. Not only will you get a great gift, but also help an art from to survive.
Places to purchase handicrafts in Hyderabad
All the above mentioned varieties are available at many of the handicraft emporiums located in various parts of the city. Lepakshi, Kalanjali, Karnataka state arts and crafts emporium, etc., are to mention a few. Shilparamam Arts & Crafts located in Hitech city, Hyderabad is also one of the popular places where you can get huge collection of handicrafts. Further, handicrafts are also available at various exhibitions that are conducted at different times of the year in the city.
By purchasing a handicraft from Hyderabad you are getting a beautifully crafted item at affordable price, you are promoting an art form and encouraging the livelihood of traditional craftsmen. What else can provide you these many pleasures? So, it’s worth purchasing handicrafts when you visit Hyderabad.