5 things Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' wedding guests should buy from Jodhpur's famous marketplace
Shopping before any wedding is a must, so here we have a list of things wedding guests should definitely take a look at before they wrap up their Jodhpur schedule
The celebrations for the most awaited event of the year, Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' high-profile wedding has begun, and we're quite sure not only the couple, but their guests too are having a blast at the Taj Umaid Bhavan Palace hotel in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.
One important thing the wedding guests must check out while in the city is the rich culture of Rajasthan, home to scores of Rajput kings and queens over the centuries. And, shopping before any wedding is a must, so here we have a list of things the wedding guests, especially those who have traveled all the way from the U.S., should definitely take a look at before they wrap up their Jodhpur schedule.
Jodhpur's local market, i.e. Ganta Ghar or the Clock Tower market is a one-stop-destination for all tourists visiting the city since it is the only place you can buy everything Jodhpur has to offer without the hassle of traveling to specialty markets. From the finest variety of spices, handicraft, flavored teas, hand-embroidered fabrics, to antiques; you name it, Ghanta Ghar has it.
Those are few items every person visiting Jodhpur should definitely carry back with them, especially our beloved wedding guests who have traveled to the city from far and wide to witness Chopra and Jonas' union in holy matrimony this weekend.
The Rajasthani city of Jodhpur is chock-full of stories about famous Rajput kings who ruled in the area, and the city boasts a lot of authentic stores that sell antiques from as far back as the 17th century. From brass sculptures to marble statues, the city has them all. Some of the most popular antiques the city has to offer its tourists are small trinkets from times gone by, like age-old key chains, small jewelry boxes adorned with semi-precious gemstones, marble-carved statues and sculptures, etc.
Mahesh Abani, the owner of Jodhpur's oldest handicrafts and antiquities store, told Meaww: "Tourists, especially the people from outside India, have a craze for sculptures, brass as well as marble trinkets when they come to the city looking for things to take back home for their family and friends. Some of the most popular pieces that get sold here are statues and carvings of famous Indian gods and goddesses."
Jodhpur has a lot to offer its visitors, especially in terms of handicraft and handlooms. Most of these handicraft items are made in factories right outside the city premises and are then sent to the shops to be sold. From heavily embroidered shawls made of authentic camel wool, to hand-stitched scarves, the colorful fabrics can add that extra element of sparkle to any dull piece of clothing you might have. The stores in the city also sell handknit Rajasthani jackets, made out of colorful threads and fabrics, adorned with tiny mirrors and sequins all over.
Bandhani or Bandhej
If you come to Rajasthan and return home with no Bandhani items, then you have missed the best part of the place, my friend. The traditional tie and dye fabric, which is used to make all kinds of dress material like suit pieces, sarees, dupattas, and turbans, are a must-have for any tourist setting foot in Rajasthan, especially Jodhpur.
"Foreign tourists who come to Jodhpur are highly interested in the Bandhej dupattas since they hardly wear traditional dresses like sarees and salwar suits. So, at any time of the year, Bandhej dupattas are the most high-selling items when it comes to the tourist population," said Madan, a shopkeeper of handlooms and Bandhani cloth items in the city.
Traditional Rajasthani Jootis or 'Mojiris'
The people of Rajasthan are quite colorful in nature, which is clearly portrayed by the way they dress themselves. An average native from Rajasthan is said to have at least 4 different types of colors on his/her person at all times, starting from their turbans and ending with their shoes. Shoes in Rajasthan, are traditionally called Mojiris, and are mostly made of leather. Available in a myriad of colors, patterns, and range, these leather beauties add a punch to any attire appending royalty.
"Tourists are always on the lookout for comfortable but colorful shoes, and Mojiris fit the bill almost every single time for them," said Mohd. Nadeem, a National Award-winning shoemaker in Jodhpur. "Mojiris are quite different from the everyday shoes they wear, and it just clicks with tourists almost instantly. And, the best part? These traditional shoes ensure that you have no shoe-bites!"
When it comes to all Rajasthan has to offer up to the world, one cannot forget the fame of lac bangles, which are primarily made in Rajasthan and then distributed all over the country. While a lot of people might not know this, lac is a sticky, resinous material secreted by the lac insect (Laccifer lacca).
From this very secretion, craftsmen make colorful bangles by adding different types of bright colors to the lac while heating it. The lac bangles are a craze in almost every Rajasthani household, and it is also a typical item found in any traditional household in this part of the country.