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!). Iconic by all means, its stores across Chennai house gorgeous Kalamkari, Kancheepuram, Pochampally, Mysore Silk, and even modern mixes of silk and chiffon. Oh! 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 Pothy’s 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 double red 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), shirts, dhotis and even tops and nightwear all for under INR 1,000. Pothy’s' stores are so big you’ll spend hours shopping, losing yourself in reams of fabrics and fine craftsmanship. And if you don't know much about sarees or fabrics in general, don’t worry, their staff is happy to help.