Laad Bazaar

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Hy­der­abadi lac ban­gles are fa­mous not just in the city but in chic bou­tiques abroad too. Their vivid shades and sheen make them spe­cial gifts as well. Just off Charmi­nar, on the way to the Chowma­halla Palace is the street named Laad Bazaar, which was ap­par­ently set up by Quli Qutb Shah at the time of his daugh­ter’s wed­ding. The mar­ket comes alive with dozens of big and small shops sell­ing ban­gles. The pat­terns formed on the ban­gles with the stones that are en­crusted are truly unique in their ap­peal. While it is sheer plea­sure to sim­ply see and try out the var­i­ous va­ri­eties of ban­gles, it is also a treat to hear the sto­ries that the sell­ers will in­dulge you with. The ban­gles have in­ter­est­ing names too, like khopda for the en­tire set to go with the tra­di­tional Hy­der­abadi bridal out­fit and the fam­ily set with bachche which are thin­ner ban­gles to be in­ter­spersed with the broader ones to form a set.

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