Mysore city is famous and also synonymous for Mysore Silks, Mysore Jasmine (Mysore Mallige), Mysore Sandalwood (Mysore Srigandha) and Mysore Eggplant (Mysore Badane). Shopping in Mysore is a fantastic experience, it has traditional shopping complexes and streets. The prominent shopping centers are Krishnaraja Circle (KR Circle), Devaraja Market, Devaraj Urs Road, Sayyaji Rao Road, Dhanvantri Road and Ashoka Road.
For a shopping spree in Mysore, some ethnic Mysore items are:-
Government Silk Factory
The Maharaja of Mysore started Government Silk factory in 1932 to obtain the finest hand-loomed silks for his royal family, now its runned by the Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation. The silk products of the factory still commend wide acceptability for its genuine quality, gold lace and colour. Right from taking out of yarn from the cocoon upto weaving the yarn into colourful garments takes place in Mysore. The Factory has a show-room in its premises at the Manandavadi Road and also at the shopping area of Krishnaraja Circle(KR Circle) at the heart of the city.
Phone : 0821-2481803
Government Silk Factory Timings10. 30 am to 05.00 pm Monday to Saturday
(except 2nd Saturday of the month)
Government Silk Factory Entry FeeFree Entrance.
Ganjifa is another unique style of painting. Ganjifa is similar to the miniature painting, generally circular and sometimes rectangular in shape. These paintings on cards were used during the period of Krishnaraja Wodeyar III (1799 to 1868) as playing cards, this game was known as "Chadd" (God's play). Cards made for royalty were inlaid with precious stones and were also made of ivory, mother-of-pearl and wafers of lac. The cards had on them the miniature paintings mostly related to Hindu mythology, like Dashavathara (10 incarnations of Vishnu) and of other god and goddess. Ganjifa is now known more for the art work on the cards than the game itself. One of the finest exponents of Ganjifa Art, Ganjifa Raghupathi Bhatta is a resident of Mysore and has set up an International Ganjifa Research Center at Mysore.
Mysore is a reputed place for handicrafts. Mysore is famous for elegant and attractive items of handicrafts, made out of sandalwood, rosewood and teak wood. Figures of god and goddesses, candle stand, ashtray and even furniture's made of sandalwood and rosewood can be prize purchases. A variety of articles, including figures of god and goddesses, are available either in sandalwood or rosewood. The inlaid works of rosewood like teapoys, coffee tables and other items of furniture are attractive. Different sizes of elephants are also crafted out of rosewood, sandalwood and teak wood. Jewel boxes, table-top items like candle stand and ashtray, ideal for gifts and presentations, are also available.
Cauvery Handicrafts Emporium of the Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation is an ideal place for purchase genuine handicrafts articles like ivory, sandalwood carving, silver and brass-ware etc. It is located on the Sayyaji Rao Road.