Ramachandrapuram is a heaven for many as far as fabrics and textiles are concerned. The 1st Main Road of this area is enough to cater to all your fabric needs. You can get all kinds of fabric here: from cotton, linen, knitted and felt to synthetic. You can also buy thread, laces and zippers in bulk.
There are fabrics sold in kilos at INR 300-400 to shops which sell them by the metre, where the width can fit your queen size bed. You can get cute prints to make clothes for your little one and thick fabric for upholstering your sofa cushions. If you are creative enough, you can even make your own saree or that party dress. That doesn’t mean readymade clothes are not available here. There are shops where you can get some branded clothes for a steal.
Not just fabric for yourself, you get home linen too along with towels and mats in kilos, cushion covers, table mats, and more. There are also special shops which cater to men, selling fabric for shirts and trousers. If you can’t afford pure linen, there is always linen with cotton mix making it much more accessible.
Some of the fun modern prints for stitching clothes and upholstery fabric which doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg like it does in some of the high end fabric stores. Yet the quality is good.
If you are a stitching newbie or trying a new tailor, you can buy fabric that are sold in kilos and end up spending sometimes less than INR 40 a meter. The fabric here works for everyone. Seamstress, quilter, bag maker, fashion designer or just a fabric lover, there is something for everyone here.
The fabrics sold in kilos are kept mostly outside of the shop in bags. Dig in there first and hope to get lucky. You wouldn’t find the latest trends but it’s seasonal so if you are looking for that felt fabric try the winter months. Shops you must visit are Raghav Fashions for their selection of fabrics, including Kalamkari and jute cottons. Look out for some original silks too that are stocked in this shop. Sri Balaji Textiles is your other option for upholstery, bedsheet fabric in metres, in linen and cotton mix.
Where: 1st Main, Ramachandrapuram, Okalipuram (near City Railway Station)
Price: INR 30 upwards
Featured image by: Preeti Maneesh