Shopping in Wadhwan
Wadhwan is an ancient city set up the by the Jhala King in 1660. Very soon, it developed into a major center for trade and commerce. The city today has number of markets selling different types of non essential items. If you are here for a short trip you may want to pick up some mementoes. Contrarily, those who are here for good or at least for long stay will definitely be more interested in essentials. Therefore, shopping in Wadhwan will depend upon who you are.
If you are a tourist in WadhwanIt is to be noted that the region around Wadhwan has always been dry. Therefore, the population here has traditionally depended on art and craft to earn their living. Tie and die, weaving and metal craft are the three major handicrafts of this area. Therefore, if you are a tourist in Wadhwan and want to pick up some mementoes, you must choose something from the above mentioned categories.
Tie and dye in WadhwanAlthough we do not know who invented the art of Bandhani it is an established fact that the art originated in the region around Wadhwan. The area around the town is known to produce good quality cotton and therefore it naturally grew into a centre for spinning and weaving. The art got a boost once people learnt to extract natural colors from stones found in this region. Today, however many artisans use chemical colors.
From where to buy tie and dye in WadhwanIn spite of that, if you want to buy beautiful bandhani clothing materials and sarees at a reasonable price you must come to the ancient township of Wadhwan. Hetvi Hanicraft at Khandipole is one of the shops that you may look into for quality products at reasonable prices. Apart from bandhani sarees, dupatas and dress materials, they also deal in cotton designer dresses. For more details you may call them up at 98797-82674.
Apart for that, you may also look into the following shops for good quality clothing materials as well as sarees and dupattas:
- Aakar Silk Palace at Dhangradhra Road (Phone No: 02752-226-624)
- Khatri Yashwant Kumar Babulal Store at Talkapa, Khandipole (Phone No: 02752-240775)
- Khatri Kundanrai Popatlal at Wadhwan Main road, Jawahar Road (Phone No: 02752-224-363)
Another place to look into is Shri Shakti Cloth Product and Sales Company Op Manli Ltd at Khandi Pole (Phone No: 94262-03148). They manufacture and also sell every type of cotton products including Bandhej scarves and sarees. If you are looking for quality bed sheets at reasonable prices you may also find it there.
Other handloom products in Wadhwan
However, tie and dye is only a part of the traditional art in this part of Gujarat. Wadhwan as well as its neighboring district Kutch is also the centre for variety of embroidery work. These have been developed by different nomadic groups who have been living in this area for centuries. In fact, hand-embellished textile is said to be the very foundation of the rural economy of this region. Handloom woven textiles and block printed cloth materials are also are good buy here.
Metal craft in WadhwanWadhwan is also famous for its metal craft. Beautiful work of art made from brass, copper and stainless steel are available in different shops. Kamal and Kamal at Karadia Vas near Kharva Gate is a good place to look for such object. For more details you can call them at 2752-240-002. Kalpna Handicraft Saree in Lati Bazaar near Old Post office is another place you can look into. For details contact them at 2752-232-870.
Shopping for provisions in WadhwanIf on the contrary, you are in Wadham for long stint, you may be looking for shops that sell essential items. Most probably, you will find everything you require in the Main Market area. For your daily need you are sure to find one or two kirana stores in your area. Nonetheless, Arihnt Kirana Store (Phone No: 2752-234-810) on Wadhwan Main Road / GIDC School Road is a good one. For stationery goods, you may also look for Suresh Stores on Madhavav Road (Phone No: 2752-243-929).
Shopping for other essentials in WadhwanBesides, the city has many medical stores, furniture stores, cloth merchants, automobile stores etc. For medicines, you may refer to our page on Medical Stores in Wadhwan. For textiles, you may also contact the above mentioned shops. Apart from Bandhani and different hand-embellished textile products they also sell all kinds of regular materials..
Furniture Stores in WadhwanIf you are looking for furniture, you may try the following stores:
- Utsav Furniture at 481/6, GIDC (Phone No: 2752-243-300)
- Arihant Furniture at Wadhwan Main Road, GIDC (Phone No: 2752-231-397)
- Bhadrakali Metals Plastik and Furniture near Tower Chowk at GIDC (Phone No: 2752-284-009)
Hardware and electrical goods in WadhwanYou may also try the following shops for hardware and electrical goods:
- Jay Ceramic in Phase IV near GIDC Chowk (Phone No: 2752-242-981)
- Cera Tech Products in Phase IV near GIDC Bus Stop (Phone No: 2752-241-526)
- Shriji Wire Products in GIDC Housing Colony (Phone No: 2752-242-250)
- Electronic Lighting Company at Nirmal Chamber GIDC (Phone No: 2752-242-337)
In short, the town offers every material that one may look for. Although the adjoining Surendranagar offers more modern infrastructure like shopping malls and departmental stores, you need not go there. In Wadhwan, you will find everything that you may be looking for and that too at an more affordable rate.