Then head to Nirmitee in Mumbai. Your search for that perfect artifact should end here. This store was set up in 1997 and products are sourced from all corners of the country, which find their way to this store and then into many of the superbly done up Mumbai homes.
Many artists get a chance to showcase their talent and in diverse mediums like wood, clay, metal and other materials here. One will find Odissi brass statues, copper handicrafts from Maharashtra, wrought iron statues from Madhya Pradesh and many other artifacts from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
You can browse and take your pick - so do leave home with plenty of time to kill - as you wouldn't want to rush this shopping experience. All of these handicrafts are lovingly created masterpieces - one gets a hint of tradition being maintained with a family working to keep their skills alive.
At the store, handicrafts are not priced beyond a maximum of Rs 25,000. Apart from metal work, there are palm leaf paintings, Warli art and Madhubani art. If art doesn't excite you, you could just buy the handcrafted chess pieces from Rajasthan - to get some practice for those boardroom battles.
4/5 Khosravi Estate, SK Bole Road, Dadar (W)
Tel no: 24229139
Open: 11.00 am - 8.00 pm
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