Summer Means Breezy Clothes: Hit Up These 10 Places For Comfy Cotton Kurtas In The City

Nitya posted on 12 March

Summer baby or not, if you want to survive the extreme heat in Delhi, you’ve got to be armed with tons of cotton wear and of course, bottles of sunscreen. During this weather, flowy cotton kurtas in pastels and whites are usually our best friend. Since we’re nice people, we’re more than happy to share some of our go-to places for quality cotton wear in the city. Bid those synthetics goodbye now, maybe?

P.S. – This is a list of offline places. Don’t worry, we’re putting together a separate online list too.

Farha Khan Store

Can’t get enough of crisp white cotton kurtas? Farha Khan in Hauz Khas Village is just the place for you. Be it for daily wear, airy palazzos and simple kurtis, or for dressy ethnic wear with gota patti work, this gem of a boutique won’t disappoint. They’re also open in Shahpur Jat, so more good news!

Pink City Collection

Because of its emporium-like hand-blocked fabrics and kurtas sourced from artisans in Rajasthan, MP and Gujarat, Pink City Collection is one of our favourite stores in Mayur Vihar. But you know what the best thing is about this store? Everything it stocks is priced under INR 3,000. Psst… they’ve even got Fabindia and Jaypore-type kurtas but they’re more affordable here. So, head to Mayur Vihar this weekend? You can always chill at these cafes later.

Clothing Stores

A-58, Shop 3, Opp. Amar Jyoti Apartments, Pratap Nagar, Mayur Vihar Phase 1, New Delhi

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Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is every ethnic wear-loving woman’s paradise. From phulkari dupattas to mix-and-match kurtas, to handloom kurtas you’d easily find at state emporiums, this place is just the gift that keeps giving. Plus, the variety’s insane! We also love that it’s a one-stop shop for all our ethnic needs. From anklets, bangles and earring to even juttis and kolhapuris, you can be sure that when you leave Dilli Haat, you’re quite likely to have your complete outfit ready.

Label Richen

This store in CR Park celebrates Indian fabrics and crafts traditions, so you’ll find a lot of bagru and indigo kurtas here. They’re also more than happy to make alterations, and in case you want to get a kurta stitched from scratch too, these guys won’t disappoint. If you’re going for the whole boho vibe for your kurta, this is just the place.

Clothing Stores

K-1/81, Basement, CR Park Main Road, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi

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Lajpat Nagar Market

Lajpat Nagar Market is really just a great place for affordable shopping. While you’ll find a lot of stores selling stellar fabrics for your DIY kurtas, we’ve actually found the good, good ethnic loot in Lajpat at the roadside stalls. Then, there’s Sabhayata and Vikas Matching Corner in this market that you can always rely on. Check out our guide too if you’re planning a trip to Lajpat.

Street Stores

Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi

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    Anokhi

    Flowy and practical kurtis with block prints, embroidery, patchwork, beadwork and vegetable dyes is what Anokhi’s best known for. It’s a contemporary brand that’s bringing all those traditional crafts back and boy, are they doing a great job! They’ve got numerous stores across the city {Khan Market, Santushti, GK, Vasant Kunj} which makes everything so much more convenient.

    Shivam Interstyle

    Shivam Interstyle Exporters is a store in Paharganj Main Market that sells beautiful kurtis and tunics starting INR 120. You’ll find endless decks of white ethnic wear with colourful Kashmiri work that can give the Dilli Haat stalls a run for their money. Moreover, this store integrates comfort with style by offering kurtis that have an impeccable finish and are made out of breathable, pure cotton fabric. Plus, it’s all so affordable!

    Clothing Stores

    4749-50, Main Bazar, Paharganj, New Delhi

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    Westside

    Yep, Westside because when all else fails and we don’t want to think too much about where to go, this is one store that makes life a lot easier. Surprisingly, these guys have a pretty good collection of both dressy and daily cotton ethnic wear. Also, the fact that it brings together so many different brands and offers so many options makes things even better.

    Clothing Stores

    15-A, 34/35, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi

    People Tree

    Solid colours are nice, and it’s usually what we prefer for daily wear, but Janpath’s People Tree has made us fall in love with printed kurtas. They do a lot of these cool kurtas with plunging necklines, bell sleeves and with asymmetrical hemlines that are perfect if you’re over the regular plain-Jane kurtas. We’re also a fan of their fuss-free, comfy tunics that we’d happily turn to on those ‘don’t-know-what-to-wear-days’.

    Accessories

    8, Regal Building, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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    1469 Original

    This store has been around in Janpath for a while now. They do everything from casual tees with fun slogans, to juttis and super-traditional kurtis. We admit their stuff is expensive, but it’s all handcrafted by local artisans – and they’ve got so many designs too. If you love easy-breezy cotton anarkalis, kalamkari kurtis or even phulkari work kurtis that are slightly on the dressier side, you’ll be spoilt for choice at 1469 Original.

    Clothing Stores

    Shop 2, Municipal Market, Janpath Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi

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