Handicrafts of Manali To Carry Back Home
During your visit to Manali, make sure you carry back some handicrafts as souvenirs for serving as reminders of your vacation. The artisans at Manali are proficient at weaving handlooms and handicrafts. Their use of bold colors depicts their passion for life and creations. By availing the Manali tour packages, you can make a trip to the handloom markets within the district.
Majority of the handicrafts at Manali are woollen textile products such as Pattu, Namdas, Gudmas, and Shawls. Pullans, caps, and baskets are other handloom items that you should consider buying.
Some Manali handicrafts are listed in the following details:
Namdas are comprised of ‘fetted wool’ that is beaten and not woven during the manufacturing process. Nevertheless, these handicrafts have been recording dwindling sales numbers during recent times.
Blankets that are made from the wool of ‘Giangi’ sheep are called Gudmas. They are available in natural dyes; the borders contain red and black hues.
Gudmas are braided particularly in Kullu Manali because a distinctive type of clay, which is required for the finishing touches, is found in the region.
‘Biang wool’ having lengthy fibres are used for producing Gudmas and you can rely on these blankets for keeping you warm during the nights when the temperatures dip.
Cholas are woven coats that are made from tweed cloth. The wool that is used for making the ‘cholas’ is obtained from the first shearing of the lambs.
Pullans are similar to bedroom slippers and spell another name in comfort. The bottom side of this footwear is comprised of ‘bhang’ fibres, whilst the upper part contains goat hair. You can avail a range of colorful designs in these handicrafts. However, if you opt for the Manali tour packages, they guide on the places that sell the best of these handicrafts.
Bamboos that are available at high altitudes are used for making baskets in Manali. Baskets, also known as Pataris in Manali, are made in villages that are located in close vicinity to Kullu Manali. During earlier times, they were handy for transporting fruits by the orchardists.
A large percent of Himachal Pradesh residents adorn Kullu caps. This headgear is multicoloured, made of woollen fabrics and contains a vibrant Shaneel band.
The shawls of Manali are as popular as the juicy apples of the region and hold a place of pride amongst the district’s handicrafts.
As compared to shawls, Pattoos are bulkier. They are also used as bed covers. Moreover, the womenfolk wear them as saris; locally available broaches are used for pinning the ends of the saris, beneath the shoulders and towards the front side.
Available in bold colors, Pattoos are also worn around the waist along with a cloth piece called ‘Gachi’.
‘Loi’ are plain-colored ‘Pashmina’ shawls that are spun by a significant percentage of people in the region. These also constitute as some ‘must-buy’ items during your Manali Trip.
As we conclude, we hope that you have decided to make a trip to Manali and purchase the handicrafts that are popular in the region.