Lad Bazar – Hyderabad’s reputation, symbol and livelihood

While living in Hyderabad, I had done many padyatras to see the heritage here. Lad Bazaar is one of them. Anyone who has traveled around Lad Bazaar or its streets will not be untouched by its glow. The colorful bangles sold here, clean white pearls and different types of clothing and apparel seem to complement each other and compete with each other to attract your attention.

So I went there to find out what is a special scarf of Hyderabad, standing scarf and how it is worn. But as soon as you enter the market, your attention should not go to the bangles of lakhs, it cannot happen.

Lad Bazaar is situated between two famous monuments of Hyderabad, the Charminar and the Chaumhalla Palace. This market is very famous for bangles, jewelery and textiles. I consider the Lad Bazar of Hyderabad located on the banks of the Musi River as the adornment juice of this captivating city.

Let me show you the main attractions of this Lad Bazaar.

Scarf Dupatta – Bridal Dresses of Hyderabad

Hyderabad standing scarf
Hyderabad standing scarf

As soon as I entered the street of Lad Bazaar, by nature I started immortalizing the scenes in the camera. Even the glare from the camera’s eyes started dazzling me. The first thought that struck my mind was, ‘Is this the pride of Hyderabad?’. Brightly colored lehengas, dupattas and saris were hanging all around. The scarves standing in them were much more shiny and sparkling. The hues and bright marquetry of the ribs were attracting attention. On whom did the sight rest, not on whom my vision was not understood. I decided to go to some shops and ask them to show me standing scarf.

The shopkeepers were seriously skeptical that I really wanted to buy a standing scarf, seeing my movements and my apparel. I thought it right to make truthful. I told them that I have gone in search of special items of Hyderabad and standing scarf is one of them. One of the shopkeepers thanked me and helped me to wear a yellow scarf standing more than 4 meters long, and wearing it on my shoulders.

Bride scarf

12 meter nutrient scarf
12 m nutritious scarf

I was told that with this 4 meter scarf, another 2 meter scarf bride has to be handled on her head. Apart from this, 4 meters of cloth is necessary in making kurti and salwar. There is heavy embroidery and zardozi work on all these. You must be thinking how will the bride carry such a load? Let me give you an information here that the fabric used to make standing scarf does not have much weight. Therefore, the weight of the bride’s dress is not high.

Artisans decorating standing scarves
Artisans decorating standing scarves

If you go to the streets of Lad Bazaar, you will see many artisans doing embroidery work on clothes there. Many artisans work together on a standing scarf. Some embroider it with thread, and some embroider it. Embroidery on such a long scarf is not an easy task.

Lac bangles in Lad Bazaar

Whenever I used to come to Lad Bazaar, I always used to stop in front of bangles shops. I have bought many bangles from here. There are many shops here filled with colorful bangles. The most famous of these are the bangles on which the florals are made.

Gleaming bangles in the pamper market of hyderabad
Gleaming bangles in the Lad Bazar of Hyderabad

At this time I came to these streets with the desire to not buy bangles, but to meet those who made them.

Lac bangles manufacturing

Artisans raising lacquer on metal bangles
Artisans raising lacquer on metal bangles

Right in pieces, finally I got an opportunity to see and understand the entire process of manufacture of lac bangles in these streets of Ladar Bazaar.

Bangles on slow fire
Bangles on slow fire

• Thin metal bangles are first used to make lac bangles.
• They are given full sphere by the hands.
• Lac is heated on coals and the desired color is added to it. The strips of this lac are given the desired shape and size.
• This lac is then mounted on a metal bangle. The shape of each bangle is improved by the hands so that they can get the correct circular shape.
• These original bangles are then sent to other artisans, who carve the stars and stars on them.

Difference in lac bangles of Hyderabad and Rajasthan

Hand bangles
Hand bangles

An artisan explained to me the differences in lac bangles of Rajasthan and Hyderabad. He proudly told me that the art found in the artisans of Hyderabad is nowhere else. Its luster is an easy way to identify the lac bangles of Hyderabad. The greater the brightness, the more likely it is that it is made in the streets of Hyderabad. Gleaming bangles are one of the specialties of Hyderabad.

Rajasthani style lacquer bangles have the entire figure painted on one bangle, while in Hyderabadi style bangles, an entire group of bangles together depict a figure.

Read more – Direct vision of Bidri metal-craft creation

Economy of lac bangles

I saw many workshops here in the streets where men and women sit around a small fireplace and make lac bangles. These colorful bangles then attract the customers by reaching the main market. I suddenly felt that these bangles light up in many houses and fill the stomachs of so many people.

Lac bangles in Lad Bazaar
Lac bangles in Lad Bazaar

I personally have never been fascinated by jewelry and decoration. For me these jewelery, bangles etc. are such items which can be easily lived without. I have always appreciated them on others. But walking through these streets of Hyderabad’s Lad Bazaar, I realized how much effort and time it takes to make a bangle. These bangles go through the hands of so many artisans before they decorate someone’s wrists. How many families depend on this industry.

Buy lac bangles online.

Suddenly I also wished that I could get some bangles for myself. I also bought some bangles made of gem. After walking in the streets of Lad Bazaar, my attitude towards these bangles and the artisans making them has started changing now. For me, now it is not just jewelery, but the livelihood of many families engaged in this industry.

Pearls of Lad Bazaar

Pearl necklace of hyderabad
Pearl necklace of hyderabad

Hyderabad is called the city of pearls of India. Hyderabad is not located near any river or sea where pearls are produced. Nevertheless, it is the largest resource and trading center for pearls. As soon as you reach near this market, you will not have to find a pearl shop. Where your eyes will go, there will be pearl shops. The vendors of the shops call you in love and invite you to look at the pearl jewelery. You cannot ignore them even if you want to.

Battles of white and foggy white colored beads will be visible hanging around. Necklaces made of beads, earrings, earrings, bangles and other ornaments start trickling. According to everyone’s interest, there is an amber of jewelery. Here I also got pearls according to my interest. I bought several large pearls of unusual colors and unusual shapes like gray.

Pearl industry

Pearl screening
Pearl screening

Here too I had a desire to see pearl resources and the art of making jewelery from them. So I went to the pearl processing unit located in the backyard of the shop. The beads are first sorted according to their size. Large heaps of one-size beads are made by large clusters. Then it is trimmed by hands according to its size and shape.

Pearls of hyderabad
Pearls of hyderabad

After that, holes are made one by one in a small machine by sorting beads. They are then threaded into threads. Some threads are sold in this way and some are sent to the jewelry manufacturing unit to make charm jewelry. We all must see these units. Finally, we should also know how to make the jewelery that we hold with interest.

Pearl jewelry
Pearl jewelry

My heartfelt recommendation is that you must visit this market of Hyderabad and visit its streets. It is a buyers’ paradise.

Read more – 10 famous markets in the streets of Old Delhi

Sarojini Naidu’s poem ‘Hyderabad market’

More than 100 years ago, famous poetess, writer, freedom fighter and resident of Hyderabad, Sarojini Naidu composed a eloquent poem on the markets of Hyderabad. It was also a part of the Swadeshi campaign where the immediate leaders of the country encouraged the consumption of indigenous goods made in the country and called for a boycott of foreign goods. You can see in this poem how Sarojini Naidu enlivened this vibrant market of Hyderabad by his poetry. Since then, there has not been much change in this market.

In The Bazaars of Hyderabad
What do you sell, O merchants?
Richly your wares are displayed
Turbans of crimson and silver
Tunics of purple brocade
Mirrors with panels of amber
Daggers with handles of jade
What do you weigh, O ye vendors?
Saffron, lentil, and rice
What do you grind, O ye maidens?
Sandalwood, henna, and spice
What do you call, O ye pedlars?
Chessmen and ivory dice
What do you make, O ye goldsmiths?
Wristlet and anklet and ring
Bells for the feet of blue pigeons
Frail as a dragonfly’s wing
Girdles of gold for the dancers
Scabbards of gold for the kings
What do you cry, O fruitmen?
Citron, pomegranate and plum
What do you play, O ye musicians?
Sitar, Sarangi, and drum
What do you chant, O magicians?
Spells for the aeons to come
What do you weave, O ye flower-girls?
With tassels of azure and red?
Crowns for the brow of a bridegroom
Chaplets to garland his bed
Sheets of white blossoms new-garnered
To perfume the sleep of the dead.

Read more – Amazing Museums of Hyderabad

Translation: Madhumita Tamhane

About Peter Rhody

"Loving India is a passion of mine. I have enjoyed several long journeys to all corners of the sub-continent, completed my B.A and M.A in Asian studies, studied languages such as Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit, written on the Hari Krishna movement, lectured on Indian culture and history in university, advised others on their trips to India all the while preparing my next visit to India. There are so many places in India I love and want to always go back to but my favorite destination has to be the holy city of Varanasi. Here you can feel the living pulse and the beating heart of the center of religious India with its overwhelming spirituality and history and just for being a true microcosm of India itself "

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