is famous for its endi, muga and paat silks. Intricately weaved
muga and paat sarees and mekhela chaddars (local costume) are available
at most garment shops. However it is better to buy these from a
government emporium. Pragjyotika and Purbashree are reliable emporia.
Assam is also known for its cane and bamboo products. Assamese craftsmen
produce beautiful cane and bamboo furniture, decorative items and
jewellery. Small, delicately crafted cane and bamboo earrings, necklaces
and bangles, make unique gifts. The main shopping
centres are Fancy Bazaar, Paltan Bazaar and Pan Bazaar. Most government
emporia are located in the Pan Bazaar and Ambari area.
Artist and sculptors, masons and architects, and others practicing
minor crafts such as weavers, spinners, potters, goldsmiths, artisanns
of ivory, wood, bamboo, cane and hide flourished in Assam from ancient
times. Every household possesses a handloom used to produce silk
and (or) cotton clothes of exquisite designs. The Eri, Muga and
Pat are the important silk products of Assam.
Famous Assamese silk muga, pat and other handloom garments, eri
shawls, intricately woven gamochas (face towel), handicraft products
of bamboo and cane, brassware and artifacts are available at State
Emporiums, Purbashree, Artfed, Kalpataru, Sualkuchi Silk
Producer's Co-Operative Stores and other private shopping centres
around the state.
The govt. Emporia and private firms sell cane and bamboo work
all over the state. Sarthebari and Hajo in the North bank of Brahmaputra
are famous for brass and bell- metal works. Decorative items are
also available in all Govt. Emporia.
Guwahati is the largest Tea Auction market in India. Wholesale
purchases can be made from retail outlets and grocers.
Information on shopping in Assam - India