Handicrafts and Shopping in Pondicherry
Pondicherry is a shoppers paradise. Traditional handicrafts, fine fabrics, semi-precious stones, perfumes, hand-made incense, candles embossed with real petals, marbled silks and aromatherapy products at very competitive prices can be got in Pondicherry. During the French rule, clay, papier Mache toys, hand printed textiles and wood carvings were very popular. Mats are woven from a special species of grass. The dexterity of the craftsman is also well exhibited in stone carvings, bronze icons, brass figurines, wooden sculptures, jewellery and silver ware; hand woven carpets and palm leaf articles are easily available in the market.
Shopping at the boutiques is a very unique and exciting experience. These boutiques are peppered all around the city and each of them has a distinct style and décor. Various artifacts and souvenirs ranging from stylized fabrics to unusual pottery, small mirrors to beautiful lamps can be purchased here. The shopping list of Pondicherry mainly comprises of pottery, aromatics, textiles, furniture, leather and foods.