Best Stores To Shop For Comfy, Summer-Appropriate, Cotton Kurtas

    Summer lovin' 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?

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

    Farha Khan Store

    Farha Khan

    Hauz Khas Village, Delhi

    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!

    Price: INR 2K and up.

    Pink City Collection

    New Pink City Collection

    Mayur Vihar Phase - 1, Delhi

    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 about this store is? They’ve got Fabindia and Jaypore-type kurtas but they’re more affordable here. 

    Price: Everything this store stocks is priced under INR 3,000.

    Dilli Haat

    Dilli Haat is every ethnic wear-loving woman’s paradise. From phulkari dupattas and mix-and-match kurtas, to handloom kurtas you’d easily find at state emporiums, this place is the gift that just 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. 

    Price: INR 500 and up

    Label Richen

    Label Rinchen

    Chitranjan Park, Delhi

    This store in CR Park celebrates Indian fabrics and craft 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.

    Price: INR 2,000 and up

    Lajpat Nagar Market

    Lajpat Nagar Market

    Lajpat Nagar - 2, Delhi

    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 also 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.

    Price: INR 300 and up

    Anokhi

    Anokhi

    Khan Market, Delhi

    Flowy and fuss-free kurtis with block prints, embroidery, patchwork, 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.

    Price: INR 900 and up

    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 ideal for the summers. Plus, it’s all so affordable!

    Price: INR 120 and up

    Westside

    Westside

    Available Online

    Yep, pick Westside when everything else fails, and when you don’t want to think too much about where to go. Surprisingly, this store has a pretty good collection of both dressy and daily cotton ethnic wear that'll keep you relaxed and cool during summer. Also, the fact that it brings together so many different brands and offers so many options makes things even better.

    Price: INR 700 and up

    People Tree

    People Tree

    Connaught Place, Delhi

    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’.

    Price: INR 1,000 and up

    1469 Original

    1469 Original

    Available Online

    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 that 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 (perfect for the summers!), kalamkari kurtis or even phulkari work kurtis that are slightly on the dressier side, you’ll be spoilt for choice at 1469 Original.

    Price: INR 1,000 and up

    Fashion Paradise

    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. 

    Price: INR 400 upwards 

    Tani Varni

    Tani Varni

    Kamla Nagar, Delhi

    If you’re looking for ethnic wear, and not the Meena Bazar kind, but for everyday options, this store is perfect. 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.

    Price: INR 499 upwards 

    Sabhyata

    Sabhyata

    Sector 38, Noida

    The Sabhyata stores are an evergreen stop to grab a good amount of cotton kurtas from. They always get the basics right. You can find great pieces here in nice whites, blacks and blues. 

    Price: INR 500 and up

    Red Oranges

    Red Oranges

    Lajpat Nagar - 2, Delhi

    Red Oranges only sells self-manufactured, cotton kurtis and is a good choice for those looking for solid colours. They've collaborated with the fashion label Pankaj & Nidhi, whose designs also make their way to this store within a range of INR 3,000 to 8,000. So, get yourself a super breezy, and comfy kurta for summer here!

    Price: Short kurtis starting here at INR 499 and up. 

    Cottons Jaipur

    Cottons Jaipur

    Khan Market, Delhi

    Cottons Jaipur is a lovely store in our favourite Khan Market. Their palette is full of off whites, beige, light greens, blues, and block prints (basically, very summer-appropriate). So, if you love everything white, and block printed, then this store is for you. 

    PS: You can also find great pairs of earrings and bags here. 

    Price: INR 899 and up.