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Gurjari emporiumMany have an impression that Hyderabad in many ways is a right place to buy the handicrafts. This is because, the city besides showcasing the crafts of our own state, also exhibits traditional crafts of other states. If Lepakshi displays the crafts of Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir Cottage Emporium displays the crafts of Kashmir, it is Gurjari, a widely known name in this handicraft market which showcases the popular arty crafts of Gujarat.

Exquisite dress materialRight from its inception, Gurjari is catering to the needs of those who want the Gujarati crafts to be adorned in their homes . The showroom is one of the showrooms of Gujarat State Handicrafts Development Corporation (GSHDC), which was instituted by the Gujarat Government in 1976 with an objective to help the craftsmen of Gujarat State. "Gurjari is undoubtedly an unique experiment of blending ethnic charm with contemporary trends, which is realised after the resolute effort put by the State Government of Gujarat," says Wasim Mallik, in-charge of Gurjari, Hyderabad. "After seeing the public interest towards the Gujarat crafts in many craft exhibitions, GSHDC has decided to open 'Gurjari' outlet in Hyderabad city in 1991," he says.

White metal & Jute furnitureA spacious showroom in the first floor of Hotel Sarovar Complex, Opp A.P. State Secretariat, Gurjari has already found a much loved place among the people of twin cities. From a typical Gujarati soft toy puppet to exquisite Sankela furniture ranging between Rs. 16 and Rs. 30,000, Gurjari houses everything, the discerning buyer would wish to admire and acquire.

Trendy wear in traditional styleBesides Hyderabad, GSHDC also has branches at Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Calcutta and Lucknow, which are named as Gurjari everywhere. The corporation purchases all kinds of crafts made by various traditional groups living across the Gujarat state and allocate them to all Gurjari outlets in the country, which will be sold out by the outlets for a minimal price. "Gurjari not only acts as a catlayst in the socio economic upliftment of the craftsmen of Gujarat but also provides an opportunity to the people to buy the Gujarati crafts in their respective cities," says Wasim.

Toys and puppetsThere are many aesthetically made handicrafts and handlooms housed in Gurjari which reflect the artistic craftsmanship of Gujarat. Sankhela furniture, Jute furniture, White metal doors, Jewellery boxes, Pen holders, Letter holders, Bajoths, Jute Chair and stools, Cloth ladder holder, file folder, Stuff toys, Puppets, brass chains, Dhamadka dress material, vegetable dyes, dress material and bedsheets, boutique print, Bandhani, Printed bedsheets, Arya embroidery Dowan set, Woolen Zaris, Patchwork quilt, Kabira work quilt, old embroidery wall hangings, Aryan embroidery hangings, Old embroidery and Aryan embroidery thorans, Patchwork cushion covers and embroidery cushion covers are some of them.

Wanna buy the Gujarati craft?

Address: Gurjari, 1st Floor, Above British Library, Hotel Sarovar Complex, Opp: A.P.Secretariat, Hyderabad. Phone: 324 0149
-Krishna Chaitanya Karanam
Photographs by: Srinivas Setty
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