Shopping in Katni
treasure trove for shoppers, shopping is irresistible, a wide
range of handicrafts are available in the market, most of items
are produced in the centers in and around the city. The city is
one of the most important centers in the world for cutting and
polishing precious and semi precious stone, diamonds.
The local 'Kundan',
style jewellery find a market throughout the world.The exotic blue
pottery, the batik painting, block printed textiles of Sanganer
and Bagru, tie & dye fabrics, Mojari- (the local shoe), sandal
wood carving items, beautiful stone carvings etc. An entire street
and several city sectors were earmarked for artisans and traders.
The main markets are along Johari Bazar, Bapu Bazar, Nehru Bazar,
Chaura Rasta, Tripolia Bazar and M.I. Road. Shops specialising in
precious and semi-precious stones, ornaments and jewellery are to
be found on and along Johari Bazaar.
Katni enjoys a high reputation for the manufacture of
jewellery. It is one of the most active jewel markets of the
world and is famous for precious and semi-precious stones and also
for the cutting, polishing and setting of these stones,
particularly that of diamonds, topaz and emeralds. Katni brass
work is of immaculate quality. The Katni
brass worker is
infusing life like charm into the dull metal. Two
kinds of work is done in Katni on brass viz., lacquered brass and
carved brass. Katni enamel or Minakari, mostly done on gold and
silver has always been a class of its own. The Katni artist is
renowned not only for the purity of the colours, but also for its
Katni is also famous
for its textiles. Sanganeri and Bagru block prints are the fashion
designers craze these days. The Bandhej (tie and dye) print is
very typical of the region.
Near the Hawa Mahal
are large numbers of shops dealing in antiques and
pseudo-antiques. Some shops opposite Hawa Mahal stock the famous
Katnii quilts, weighing from a few hundred grams to a kilogram.
The stone and marble
carving industry is also a famous art of Katni. The stone used is
either procured from within Katni or from the marble mines of
Makrana, the famous quarry that provided all the marble stone for
one of the wonders of the world at Agra the Taj Mahal The carvings
portraits and busts created in Katni are held in high esteem
Bazar: This is where you can buy jewellery and tie and dye
sarees, two lanes joining the main road - Gopalji ka Rasta and
Haldion ka Rasta house numerous establishments selling jewellery.
On the main road itself you find many silversmiths. Traditional
tie and dye fabrics and textiles are also available here.
Tripolia Bazar and
Chaura Rasta: You can shop here for textiles, utensils,
ironware and trinkets. If you want to see the artisans at work,
step into the side lanes and see for yourself.
Bapu Bazaar and
Nehru Bazaar: Here you can purchase textiles, local perfumes
and shoes made of camel skin.
Mirza Ismial Road
(MI. Road): The broad thoroughfare houses a large number of
emporia selling a variety of goods ranging from jewellery and
brass work to textiles, to blue pottery, to woodwork, etc. These
shops stock a large variety of goods to satisfy the tourists
and where to buy
Ramganj Bazar for
shoes or jutis as they are called,
Kishanpol Bazar for
tie and dye textiles,
Maniharon Ka Rasta (Tripolia
Bazar) for lac bangles and other items,
Achrol House, Subhash
Chowk for carpets,
Khajano Ka Rasta for
marble carving, and
Sanganer village for
block printing, hand-made paper and blue pottery.
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