Shopping in Puri
Your sojourn in Puri remains incomplete if and when you miss out on the devout experience of shopping in the artsy nooks and corners of Puri.
The markets and stalls here are characterized by their ethnic vibes and shelves overflowing with dollops of Shelly adornments, Indian artifacts and handicrafts.
This genre encompasses all sorts of relics ranging from sola carvings, silver Filigree, Horn Work, décor, collectibles, wood carvings, accessories, lamp shades to brass materials, appliqué work fabric, stone carvings, etc. Raghurajpur in particular is known for its vending of local paintings and Pipli for its lamp shades and wall hangings.
Horn work and silver filigree is a specialty in Parlakhemundi and Cuttack. And there’s some for the artsy personas too and by that I point towards the patta chitra and tribal paintings of Matalware. Patta paintings are rendered on palm leaves and make for beautiful wall adornments.
Look out for the famous Patolas woven with bare hands in Puri. Apart from patolas you have ethnic sarees, salwars and dress materials that grace the stalls. Passapali, Bomkai and Ikat sarees seem to be a hit with tourists.
You wouldn’t have to think twice before indulging in a spot of shell shopping in Puri. Consider the extensive assortment of the shell clans in this town. They have seashells engraved into mirrors, lampshades, ornaments, etc.
And it doesn’t end here. Do not underestimate the essence of sea food shopping here in Puri. The array of beach stalls selling various fishes is a vision to behold.
There are a lot of government powered emporiums that stock a lot of these authentic items. However, bargaining is part and parcel of the retail process here especially if you don’t intend on heading back to your hotel with empty pockets.