Go the whole six yards at Pothy’s, one of Chennai’s iconic stores for all things silk. Get pattu sarees, shirts, and dhotis too and did you know they’ve broken a Guinness World Record in the past?
Drape It Like It's Hot: Stock Up On Silk Sarees & More At This World Record-Breaking Saree Shop
What Makes It Awesome
If you’re a regular saree-totting Chennaite or not, beautiful weaves do have a special place in our south Indian hearts. And Pothy’s has been tapping into that for years now (they have been around for nearly a whopping century!). The stores across Chennai house gorgeous Kalamkari, Kancheepuram, Pochampally, Mysore Silk, and even modern mixes of silk and chiffon. Oh and if you haven’t heard, they even broke a world record back in 2005 for making the longest silk saree ever! According to an old report in The Hindu, they created a massive 1,276 feet saree using 20 kilos of zari and fabric! And it cost nearly INR 20 lakhs!
For those who want to buy ethnic wear for special occasions, you need to visit this store to gawk at the sheer variety. Love rich zari and intricate motifs? Or simple traditional borders? Get them all here. Currently, they have stores in T Nagar stacked with all sorts of sarees — from trousseau wear in classic orange and red double shades that come up to INR 10,000 to even simple cotton and semi-silk cotton sarees that you can get under INR 2,000. And it’s not just sarees on offer. Get patiala bottoms, silk pavadais (skirts) and even tops and nightwear all for under INR 1,000. Their stores are so big you’ll spend hours shopping; you’ll get lost in reams and reams of saree fabrics. And if you know nothing about sarees, don’t worry their staff is happy to help.