Indigo Shirts To Palazzo Sarees: Ladies & Gents, Check Out This Cool Handcrafted Collection


Working with Ilkal fabrics and kasuti embroidery, Dori does shirts for men and dresses, crop tops, and tops for women. Plus, they start at INR 900, meaning looking chic can stay in budget!

What Makes It Awesome

Bangalore-based Dori is all about putting Karnataka and its rich fabric history on the map with contemporary wear. Traditional motifs to the thread are all used in the menswear and womenswear collection. Ladies, the collection is extensive for you with everything from palazzo sarees to crop tops. Ilkal fabric is used in these dresses and they feature kasuti motifs and checkered designs on most of the collection. For the uninitiated, Ilkal fabric gets its name from the Ilkal township in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. The fabric is made using cotton and silk. 

For those of you who like dressing up, check out this palazzo saree that comes with a crop top and checkered sari pallu. Probably slay your next ethnic day look at work with this piece. Kasuti embroidery (intricate folk embroidery featuring at least 5,000 stitches) is big in the ladies collection but that’s also got to do with the fact that the embroidery complements the Ilkal fabric. Don’t believe us? Check out cutesy crop top with an overlap design. Pair it with trousers or skirts and you’ve got yourself an edgy party look. With a desi  touch, of course.

Men, the shirts are pretty cool and very hipster and this writer is already ‘hearting’ a button down shirt with overlap collar and uses dyed malkha fabric. Looks perfect for that Friday casual look without trying too hard yet standing out. Or pick the indigo shirts also made using malkha fabric. A bit of research tells us that malkha fabric is naturally dyed, handwoven handloom cotton fabric. And we are suckers for anything handloom and cotton! 

What Could Be Better

The men's collection is limited to just shirts with a few design and colour options. But having said that, the shirts are something we definitely would love to have in our wardrobe.