If you are a resident of Karnataka, then you will know that there are some things that are synonymous with the city of Mysore. Mysore Silks, Mysore Jasmine (Mysore Mallige), Mysore Sandalwood (Mysore Srigandha) and Mysore Eggplant (Mysore Badane) are the things that the city is famous for. For centuries now the city of Mysore has been famous for these things and this tradition continues to this day. The craftsmen of Mysore are equally famous. The city has some of the most beautiful and intricately carved temples in Karnataka. This tradition exists to this day, though the craftsmen use sandalwood and rosewood to carve on and make exquisite artifacts.
Mysore is known all over the world for its silks. The women in India
and especially in South India have used silk sarees for a very long
time. Silk sarees are worn especially on religious and auspicious
occasions. The cost of a silk saree depends on the amount of 'zari' or
gold it contains. Most sarees have gold lace on both edges of the saree
and on it's pallu-the part of the saree that is wrapped over the
shoulder. There are private weavers in Mysore and there is the
Government Silk Weaving Factory that produces beautiful silk sarees,
silk fabric and ties. This factory has its showroom on Manandavadi Road
and also in the shopping area around KR Circle in Mysore. There are
numerous Private showrooms that sell Mysore silks. Mysore crepe silk
sarees are the most sought after ones.
Mysore is famous for its handicrafts as well. Most of the work is wood
based. The artifacts are made out of sandalwood, rosewood and teakwood.
In the olden days Mysore was known for its ivory handicrafts and inlay
work. With the ban on ivory this craft has disappeared. Mysore is best
known for its sandalwood artifacts and sandalwood products. Craftsmen
produce figures of Gods, Goddesses, jewel boxes, small gift items etc.
Sandalwood powder and sandalwood oil is also available. Inlay work on
rosewood is also popular. Things like teapoys, coffee tables and other
items of furniture are made. The best place to buy these things is the
Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium of the Karnataka Handicrafts Development
Besides these items Mysore is also famous for Agarbathies or incense
sticks. A large variety of incense sticks are manufactured by small and
large manufactures. It is manufactured here using locally available
perfumes like sandalwood and jasmine and the exported for Mysore and
Bangalore to the rest of the world. Mysore is famous for its stone
carvings and paintings as well. Oil based and water based paintings are
famous. A branch of the traditional Mysore painting known as Ganjifa
paintings that flourished under the patronage of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III
has been revived. These paintings are of Hindu gods and goddesses. The
best place to get all these items is the Government Handicrafts emporium