Sarees have a place in today’s fashion conscious world, and are worn with pride and dignity. This garment from antiquity has evolved, and many variations in styles and textures are in the market today. The way sarees are worn range from traditional to absolute contemporary, exuding great charm and sensuality. Occasions like weddings and festivals are the best instances to show off in these traditional garments.
So, you ask, which are the best places in the city for saree shopping?
Well, Bangalore has loads of shops dotting the city from the inexpensive to the expensive to designer-wear. But for those on a budget looking for quality as well as quantity can make a beeline for one of the most busiest and popular places in the city: Chickpet.
Chickpet is one of the most famous shopping areas in the old city of Bangalore. It is most famous for the gallery of sari emporiums it has. The hundreds of sari shops in the locality all boast of being the most genuine of silk sari dealers. Chickpet deals with the most fashioned and designed sari wear in Bangalore.
Chickpet, the bustling commercial area with extremely narrow roads and small footpath, is still the favourite one-stop shopping centre for many Bangaloreans. The old city market area of Chickpet has a line of sari shops on both sides of the lane. The shops follow even into the by lanes of Chickpet. Although difficult to locate and purchase saris in a congested area like Chickpet, one can be assured of quality and variety in the area. Chickpet offers a varied collection of authentic silk and pure cotton sari with most fashionable designs and decorations. It has now become a tourist’s delight and earns heavy foreign revenue as well.
Some of the shops in Chickpet have dealt this business for more than fifty years. Kaiser-i-Hind Depot was a German collaboration and the sole supplier of silk suitings to the Maharajas of Mysore and Gharwal for about 71 years, though they say their business has declined in the last five years they have no plans to shift their store to another location.
Some of the best silk saree shops can be found in Chickpet. Byrappa & Sons is one of the oldest shops here and they are known for their Kanjeevaram and designer sarees. Kuberan, Sudarshan silks, Dhondusa silks, Adikrishnaiah Bros M.S, All India Textile Traders are other famous shops as well.
The shops in Chickpet believe in maintaining such customer satisfaction that they always return to buy the traditional wear of India from these shops.