Chennai - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

You will quickly tire of the local goods here... after a while it all looks the same no matter where you go. - Aug 2021

You can get high-quality picture frames made for very fair prices. If you have any art you have been waiting to frame, bring it with you. - Apr 2021

Yes, carpets, paintings, Chola bronze sculpture, so many cool things. - May 2019

Yes. textiles, silks, oriental carpets, wooden furniture galore - stock up here! - Aug 2018

People tend to buy textiles, woodwork, etc. There are some beautiful rugs, but they're quite expensive. - May 2018

Puja supplies. - May 2016

If you like to shop, you might as well furnish your whole house while you're here. Fabrics (table cloths, bedspreads, sheets, towels, clothing), hand-made furniture, rugs all cheap. - May 2016

Furniture, fabrics, local arts. - Mar 2015

Lots of crafts and fabrics. - Oct 2014

Fabric, furniture, Indian souvenirs. - Oct 2014

There are antiques and shopping in Pondicherry and Southern Tamil Nadu; we spent a lot of money on travel and were still able to save. - Jun 2014

Silk, cottons - so many beautiful fabrics of any colour you can think of. Scarves - cashmere, embroidered, you name it. Antique wooden furniture. Gold and silver jewellery. Pottery. - May 2014

Rugs, fabric, antique furniture, jewelry, framing. - Aug 2013

Fabric, jewelry and furniture is beautiful and inexpensive. - Jul 2012

Good food. Westerners often come and want to buy local South Indian clothes, though we have tried to resist -- the moment folks leave here, they realize they'll never wear the stuff again. - Aug 2011

24 karat gold everything! - Jun 2010

Textiles, antique furniture from Pondicherri, TRAVEL! - Sep 2009

Carvings, cloth, tailor-made clothes are cheap and good. - Aug 2008

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