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Shopping in West Bengal

If you are fond of street fashion and are good at haggling with store keepers, shopping in West Bengal is going to be fun. The urban areas have bustling market places and the rural areas are popular for their cottage industry products.

West Bengal is home to some of the popular ethnic fabrics for saris and fusion wear and includes various kinds of work on them such as Tangail and Tant (woven cotton). Gold jewellery is very popular among the native women. The making-charges for gold ornaments are comparatively lower in West Bengal. The designs for the same are distinct and are sure to stand out. A lot of delicate porcelain work, pottery from Bankura, Dokra metalcraft and terracotta handicrafts are available in the handicraft emporiums and stores as well. Leather items such as bags, shoes and belts are available in the urban areas and are reasonably priced.

Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal is the only metropolitan city in Eastern India and hence, its trade importance is the highest in the region. Bara Bazaar, Esplanade and Gariahat are some of the popular markets that offer variety of products at reasonable prices. Other towns such as Purulia and Vardhman are well-known for their handicrafts. Jute is grown in the state. Hence, this eco-friendly fabric is also available at cheaper prices in West Bengal. The Bengal natives are culturally influenced and it shows in their handicrafts and paintings, which are quite a good buy here. A lot of cane work handicrafts are available for furniture as well as decorative purposes.

If visitors travel down to the villages, they may find several women working in cottage industries as well as garment workshops. During the winter months, Kolkata is home to numerous fairs, featuring goods and products from all over the country. For conventional shoppers who prefer not to haggle and enjoy buying in convenience, there are shopping malls in the major cities such as Kolkata, Durgapur and Siliguri.

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