Best Stores For Comfy Cotton Kurtas In The City
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
Solid colours are nice, and it’s usually what we prefer for daily wear, but CP'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’.
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.
Fashion Paradise in Janpath is a store that's perfect for easy-breezy cotton ethnic wear. They specialise in Lucknowi, Chikankari kurtas and tunics that start at about INR 400 and can go up to INR 750. They've also got an insane variety of white-on-white embroidery kurtas that we absolutely love.
If you’re looking for ethnic wear, and not a Meena Bazar sort, but a more everyday wear sort, this store is a great option. The collection at Tani Varni ranges from plain and printed cotton and linens, to machine-embroidered pieces for more special occasions. We personally love their cotton kurtas and salwars that are breezy and made with the best quality fabric too. The range here starts at INR 499.