Don't miss the Jaisalmer Art Palace (near Patwon ki Haveli) for unique local Shoda family (migrants from Pakistan), Sindi and Megwar embroidery, and local dhurries. Just around the corner on the square is the Barmer Embroidery House (near Patwon ki Haveli); it's owned by Abhimanyu Rathi, legendary for his fine eye for antique textiles. Designers have been known to cross the Thar just to plunder his exquisite selection. Jaisalmer is also famous for its wool products, particularly dhurries (rugs), as well as its fine hand embroidery, which turns average skirts and tops into real conversation pieces. Because the town is so easily explored, the best shopping experience is to set aside a morning and wander around, comparing prices before making your selection. Start by exploring the main Bhatia Market (begins at the entrance to the fort) and follow your nose. Note that Rangoli has a large collection of embroidered garments, particularly for children, and is a fixed-rate shop (you don't have to bargain), which can be quite a relief. You'll find it opposite the Bank of Baroda, in Gandhi Chowk.

Kanu Swami (tel. 98/2909-7319) is a skillful miniaturist who produces original and beautiful paintings, typically of birds and trees; you'll see evidence of his affinity for nature in the near-microscopic detail that figures into his work. Not satisfied with portraits of trees featuring well over 4,000 individual leaves, he continues to attempt record-breaking images that have the quality of computer-generated graphic artworks but are executed with an artist's touch. If you'd like to take home a painting that combines traditional skills with a contemporary look, spend some time surveying Kanu's work; you'll spend a mere Rs 800 for a beautifully crafted artwork that's taken 2 full days to complete. Kanu's workshop-cum-outlet is adjacent to the entrance of 8 July Restaurant (opposite the palace entrance).

For more upmarket designer selections, stop at Killa Boutique (Gandhi Chowk), run by Luca Borella of Killa Bhawan, where you can pick up stylish fashion accessories, scarves, and Western outfits made of Indian fabrics and prints.


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