Karnataka is a shopper's paradise. You can buy a variety of articles
like sandalwood sculptures, agarbattis, perfumes, sandalwood oil,
and other small gifts like pens, metal lamps, wood carvings, and
inlay work. Karnataka's rich cultural heritage is evident in every
product made by skilled, dedicated artisans.
[ Metalware | Wood Carvings Sandalwood
Carvings | Rosewood Carvings | Mysore
Silks | Bijapur Sarees, Jewellery And Handlooms
| Bidriware of Bidar | Pottery
| Madikeri Honey ]
Udupi , the temple town , is famous for small metal images and ritual
objects, while Karkala, an ancient Jain centre, is well known for
its Jain icons. Household articles made of bell metal are commonly
found in Mangalore. Mysore is famous for bronze casting. The other
centres of metal craft are Bangalore, Shivarapatna, Kundapur, Shravanabelagola,
and Bidar. Motifs are often taken from temple friezes. Images of
gods and goddesses are amongst the more ornate metalware available
plentily for shopping.
Carvings Sandalwood Carvings
Karnataka is the centre of sandalwood production. The range of products
and designs is varied. The Gudigar families of Shimoga, Uttara Kannada,
and Mysore districts specialise in this craft. Shoppers can buy
home beads, pendants, carved tables, screens, boxes, caskets, mythological
figures, a host of stationery items, trays, decorative panels with
intricate scenes carved on them, and even tiny bookmarks crafted
from this delicately scented wood.
An ancient craft of Mysore that has found rich expression on the
doors and ceilings of temples and monuments built under the patronage
of various ruling dynasties.
Bangalore and Mysore are reputed for their silks clothes. Woven
in a unique assortment of rich colours, produced in a multitude
of varieties, and interwoven with delicate gold threads, Karnataka's
legendary silk sarees have become an integral part of the Kannada
culture and tradition.
Bijapur Sarees, Jewellery And
Handlooms from Guledgudda , handwoven Ilkal sarees, clay toys, Kinnala
Paintings, and Lambani jewellery are specialities of North Karnataka.
Bidriware of Bidar
Bidar is famous as a centre for Bidriware, a well-developed craft
that involves the use of metal plate on an alloy made of zinc, copper,
tin, and lead. Finely crafted hookahs, goblets, paan boxes, bowls,
plates, pen holders, letter openers, and bangles exquisitely embellished
with interwoven vines and floral patterns are a treat to the eye.
The effect of the delicate silver filigree against the metallic
ebony background is striking.
Belgaum and Ramanagaram , near Bangalore are Karnataka's traditional
centre for terracotta,specialising primarily in the production of
utility objects with a strong artistic touch. Pots of different
sizes and shapes, wall panels, folk images of gods and goddesses,
and animal motifs are very popular with visitors.
Karnataka's finest honey comes from Bhagamandala, 30km from Madikeri,
where some of Kodagu's best apiaries are located. Virajpet is also
known for its honey.
Information on shopping in Karnataka - India