From cushion covers, sarees and kurtas to crockery, bamboo mats and handbags – you’re going to want to buy it all at Kalpa Druma on Cathedral Road.
Find Dokra Jewellery, Handicrafts & Khadi Sarees At This Store On Cathedral Road
All Under One Roof
Say you had only 24 hours left of your visit to Chennai and you wanted to buy yourself a saree and a couple of kurtas, some block-printed fabric for your tailor to transform into stylish blouses, soft quilts for your bedroom, small handicraft items as gifts for friends, and some earthenware for your kitchen. Believe it or not, there exists one shop that could cater to all your diverse needs – Kalpa Druma, a three-level shop housed in a beautiful old building that is certain to indulge all your shopping desires.
Get off busy Cathedral Road and turn into Kalpa Druma, a true oasis from the chaos outside, and enter and be charmed by the ground floor’s display of wares. Choose from lovely cushion covers with applique, Urmul or silk thread embroidery, admire the gorgeous crockery – the tea kettles with their wooden handles and the stylish rustic mugs truly call out to you – and have a look at their many wall hangings and tapestries sporting traditional Kutch work.
Handbags – roomy totes, small sling bags perfect for a dressy evening and even large carry-on bags – are aplenty, and the lustrous silk, glistening mirror-work is sure to lure you into making a purchase. Pick also from a variety of tiny patchwork throw cushions guaranteed to add pizzazz to your couch, and from curtain panels and a number of bamboo mats, durries and carpets that will brighten up your living space. Looking for a cosy quilt? You’re bound to enjoy the Jaipur print razais on offer here. And for those blouses, tops or dresses you plan to get stitched, choose from reams of fabric – ajrakh, kalamkari, ikat and bagh.
In its basement level, Kalpa Druma also displays quite a range of sarees of different weaves and textures – from kantha work to coarser khadi to bailou, kanjeevaram and chanderi. Don’t miss the ready-made blouses, which scream ethnic-chic, and are remarkably versatile and affordable too! On the first level are ready-made garments made of handloom fabric like skirts, tops and kurtas, and you also get to browse their collection of dupattas and stoles/scarves.
Good news for the men: their shirts and kurtas are well-fitted and you don’t have to constrict yourself to one or two choices! Even better news for all the jewellery addicts: a small room also houses silver trinkets like nose pins, earrings and neckpieces, some dokra jewellery and a few terracotta pieces.
In a small adjoining space, for which you are required to walk by some hand-painted walls interspersed with lush greenery, Kalpa Druma sells all kinds of handicrafts. Painted wooden animals, small enamel boxes, kalamkari patches, brass lamps, small Rajasthani-style treasure chests that make the perfect jewellery boxes, lacquer work tables, mini chests of drawers made of ceramic and painted in vibrant colours, blue pottery and bronze idols… we doubt you can walk out empty-handed!