Monday, May 18, 2009

Jew Town, Cochin.

Jew Town in Cochin has a lovely old world charm, brightly painted walls with interesting Hebrew inscriptions, narrow lanes leading to one of the oldest Synagogues and streets dotted with spice and antique shops.
It is one of the oldest Jewish settlements in the world dating back to 700 B.C. when Jewish traders came to the shores of Cochin seeking spices. Now only a handful Jews remain. You can read more about their history here.
Intricately carved spice boxes over-flowing with aromatic spices displayed on the streets.
The antique shops got us excited, but we were also a bit wary considering it is one of the prime tourist spots.
It was wonderful walking and exploring the lanes of Jew Town. An old shop selling hand embroidery and textiles.Some of the pieces we picked up from Jew Town, Wooden Padukas ( slippers)Seasoned wooden kitchen utensil.

Useful tip: Look around many shops and bargain hard;-)

29 comments:

Vasudha.dilip said...

Hi arch

After reading this, I instantly want to appear in the Jew Town of cochin specially to check out the antique market....and to bring back home a beaticully carved spices box....

kavitha said...

This is awesome.... we were just there in munnar... but with family... so couldnt visit jew town. maybe next time.

Chandan said...

Lovely post Arch!. Love each one of the pictures.

Patricia Torres said...

Nice post!! I'll surely visit the Jew Town... specially for the antique market & the must have spice box.. looks lovely!!

Veda Murthy said...

hey arch....lovely post....though been to cochin....i dont think i went to jew town.....but just loved that spice box....if i ever go there again....that one will be on my shopping list!

vineeta said...

Wow wow wow. What fun. I HAVE to go there. I especially loved the cow heads. I loved all your photographs & your wooden Padukas and vessel. Beautiful post!

Aditi said...

Very beautiful! Would you have any pictures of the inhabitants of Jew Town?

trueblue said...

Hi Archana,

When I read your last post couple of weeks back I was wondering, why you didnt mention Jew Street. Now I know why ! :)
Thanks a lot for the detailed tour. Antiques and Carved Wood: two things that top my list of favorite things ! Love them ..and BEAUTIFUL photos :)
-Aswathy

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks all:-)

Aditi- Here is a link to my Flickr stream where I have a shot from Jew Towm:-)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/archanasr_2000/3429850625/in/set-72157616474586027/

all*over*print said...

Hi Arch
very beautiful place i like what you post
X
Ayelet

~mE said...

i love those padukas...

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

Padukas are agood buy.
I Remember my grandfather had one.He used to regularly use those.will search for his.
its hard to be a tourist in ones own city,and abusy schedule when we are at home.let me try being atourist this time and ur post have encouraged me to do so dear.Thanx arch.

Ludwig said...

You have such an amazing blog! I'm reading it and i feel like i am in an altogether new space..i am almost getting a mental orgasm reading stuff here!

Shalini said...

Nice finds Arch! I enjoyed reliving walking down the street through your photos!

Nat said...

ho dyou manage to find such exotic backgrounds for your pics? that yellow luminous tile is divine.

Paavani said...

nice shopping guide.
I loved wooden paduka.

Jo said...

Hey Arch, as always, lovely photos. Am busy with
Madhulika and am seeing your blog after ages. hope all is well. take care.

cheers!
Jo

Rajee Sood said...

Hi Arch,
I have been talking so much about Jew town these past few days ... all because of that spice box,I have ... you've just made me more eager to want to visit cochin.
Mean while I settle for antiquing in mumbai :)

Anuradha Varma said...

I simply love the spice boxes and a visit to Cochin is now a must on my list.Beautiful post Archana!

megha punater said...

i can only wish,this is awesome arch.
great post

Anonymous said...

Ah, those shopkeepers know what visitors like to buy and they know they can charge them for it...
Love the wooden items you've bought, but those spiceboxes are gorgeous, too. And that cow mask in the top pic! And I'm such a lousy bargainer...

Anaka said...

Well Jew Town is charming for sure, but your photography makes it look more stunning than I remember! I'm envious of all the beautiful crafts you got to see and buy!

pRiyA said...

One day I will visit here.

AmericanGypsy said...

I've never seen wooden slippers like that! What a great photo.

purple area said...

Great images, looks really nice!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

The colors are just absolutely vibrant and beautiful! It looks like such a wonderful place.

sudha said...

hi Archana

havent seen soemthign new for a while....i religiously check your blog for updates, everday in the morning...:)

take care

kavithaclicks said...

Arch
You know what... i went to pondy last week to get some furniture and pillars for our new apt. raided almost every furniture shop/dealer... and guess what. all the best pieces i found... u already had them!!! saw a similar cupboard, 2 chests that u had, and some other stuff. it was so hard for me to resist getting the same since you got them first ;) but i did. resist i mean.
Kav

Fernanda R. Lima said...

Oh i miss mother India so much... tks for these incredible pictures!

;-)