This section is for those who are not sure what to buy from the city. If you have already etched out your list of things you may very well skip, though our suggestion is to simply browse through if you have missed any of these!
Popular Pieces of Art in Anand
Beads Flair - Beads Embroidery and Beads Braiding
Semi Precious Stone -Agate from Khambat
Gharchola and Panetar from Khambhat
So now shall follow a list of additional things you can find in the lanes and mall in Anand, weather you go street shopping or to the central market or any fancy mall in the city.
Metal Craft in Anand
Metal trinkets will only begin to entice you into buying a hoard to bring back for your family friends and simply to stock hoards to decorate your home of for your own satisfaction. The choices and possibilities that you can find in Anand are indeed immense and endless.
Bead-Work in Anand
Embroidery and braiding with beads is a joy for the shoppers. The variety is endless and so are the patterns. Anand has amazing specimens of beads braiding and embroidery which will ensnare you into buying loads.
Semi Precious Stones - Agate Jewellery: The stones are collected, shaped and polished at Khambat, from where these are imported and cast into beautiful jewelry pieces by the craftsmen in various villages in Anand. Stringed into necklaces and bracelets and other items, the beads jewelry reached a zenith of popularity during the Mughal era.
Handloom Weaving in Anand
Handloom weaving is a coveted craft of the Anand District. Panetar and Gharchola weaving is one of the local delights you will find in Anand. The women weavers from Khambat make these exquisite hand woven saris and fabric. The collection you will find in the city is not only reasonably priced but is extremely beautiful as well.
Fabric of Anand
Fabric, be it silk, muslin or printed textile, is what Khambat is famous for since the times of Mughals. You simply must have those so coveted silk saris from Gujarat. Of course Anand has hoards of shops where you can lay hand on the finest of the silk the country produces. Silk from Gujarat will serve you as the one you can stash back as family heirloom.
If you are dazzled by the colorful and bright and shimmery kutchh embroidery, be sure you pick various styles and patterns etched on scarves, shirts, table clothes and bed spreads, bed sheets, other furnishing items and so on. The fabric adorned with embroideries like badri, tanchoi, patola, kuchhi and many other local styles is going to dazzle you with the bright splash of colors and patterns.
Appliques and patch works and bandhej (Tie and Die) are yet another fascination choice in textile you can pack away from the city.
Decorative Items of Anand
Wood, Fabric and Coir Craft - Decorative pieces made of wood and fabric are another reason why the shops in Anand are so flourishing with activities.
You can get amazing nick knacks including embellished wooden artifacts, sculptures, idols, handmade trinkets, artifacts, and decorative pieces including treasure and utility boxes in various shapes and sizes, puppetries and toys and so on. Coir craft is but one of the specialties of Gujarat, Anand has a decent variety to offer.
Leather Craft in Anand
Though not specifically originated in Anand, leather craft is another fascination area for the shoppers in Gujarat. the hand embroidered shoes, jutis or mojris are a great favorite among buyers domestic and international.
Pottery or Clay Craft of Anand
Those colorful urns and pots and dishes and planters with floral motifs and beautiful carvings are all available in Anand. The variety is unique and the artistry is mesmerizing. If you buy any, do make sure you have packed the stuff safely as these items are fragile.
Where to Find the Best Handicraft Items in Anand
Flo Art Gallery Anand – The one stop shop for the visitors with a taste for classic pieces and local artistry is at Flo Art Gallery in Anand Gujarat. The Gallery is the best place to shop for an endless variety of handmade items and pieces. The traditional kuchhi handicraft is a bestseller from Gujarat and you will surely pack loads of handicraft items from Anand to take back home and also present those to your family and friends.
Local Retailers and Emporiums - Khadi Gramodyog, State Handicraft Emporiums and many other retails shops cater to the fascinating varieties of stuff that will serve you as perfect gifts and souvenirs. Wood carvings, metal objects, paintings and portable decoration pieces will all be there displaying the amazing cultural singularity of the commodities you will find in any of the cities in Gujarat, Anand being no exception!
Here is a compact list of shops you can hunt for stuff you want from Anand-
Kala Calico, Anand, Gujarat
Swastic Handicraft, Anand
The Guajrat Handloom House, Amul Dairy Road, Anand