If you didn’t know it already, Shankar Market is one of the best places Delhi has to offer when it comes to buying fabric by the metre. From cotton fabric with basic prints, silk brocades, sequins, lace, georgette, and Indian handloom, the shops have it all.

This CP neighbour is the place to hit up whether you’re looking to build your lehenga from scratch or even just buy fabric for your salwar to match a kurta.

We took it upon us to bring you the best of what Shankar Market has to offer, and if we say so ourselves, we think we’ve done a pretty decent job. Take a look.

Fashion House

070916_ShankarMarket_FashionHouse #LBBPicks: 5 Shops At Shankar Market That’ll Make You A Fabric FanaticIf you have to buy silk brocade for upcoming shaadi times, walk into this shop with your eyes closed {no, not really}. And the brocade here is far from the generic booti or paisley designs that is the usual norm.

We found Moroccan-inspired geometric patterns {very Payal Khandwala} in such gorgeous shades, we had a hard time taking our eyes off them. These stunning silk fabrics were priced at INR 975 per metre. If you don’t want to spend as much, go for their cheaper variant {a mix of 80 per cent silk and 20 per cent cotton} with smaller patterns.

We also loved their small stack of cotton fabric in pretty pastel shades and intricate chikan work {priced at INR 350}. Plus, they’ve got a decent selection of last remaining bits of fabric that you could use to add interesting details to your suits. Or even make blouses or tops out of.

Where: Shop No. 67-68, Shankar Market

Contact: 011 23417517, +91 9810555058

Narula Selection

120916_ShankarMarket_Narula #LBBPicks: 5 Shops At Shankar Market That’ll Make You A Fabric FanaticLike most stores in the area, Narula too has a kitty of running fabric to offer, but what we’re going back here for is their selection of dupattas. You won’t even have to enter the store to check these out because the dupattas are stocked in the outside area of the store.

Simple Chanderi dupattas cost as low as INR 225. If you want something fancier, check out their colourful leheriya, bandhini, as well as georgette phulkari dupattas that cost about INR 1,000. If you end up going inside though, their batik print and gotta patti suit sets are not too bad either.

Where: Shop No. 85, Shankar Market

Contact: +91 9811555551, +91 9911056789

Joyce International Handloom House

As fans of handloom, we were instantly drawn to this shop. Established in 1959, this handloom house has weavers spread across multiple states across the country, like Odisha, Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh.

While they have a big range of different fabrics, their collections of ikat, Bomkai, and Sambalpuri fabrics from Odisha as well as kalamkari were most extensive and impressive. We even spotted a fabric super similar to the one used in these pants we’d loved at bhane!

And between paying INR 350 per metre for the fabric & then getting a pair of pants stitched, or paying a crazy INR 4,100 for readymade pants, guess which one we’d choose?

Where: Shop No. 49, Shankar Market

Contact: 011 23414508


Right when we thought we’d seen all that Shankar Market had to offer, we stumbled upon this shop and boy, were we excited! They had some of the most gorgeous handloom textiles we’ve ever seen.

Right from Pochampally ikat {priced between INR 175 – 1,000 per metre} and vegetable-dyed kalamkari {INR 1,250 per metre}, to Shibori fabric from Kutch {INR 1,250 per metre}, khadi {INR 225 per metre}, and south cotton border fabric {INR 250 per metre}, everything here had a certain quality that made it stand apart.

Run by a husband-wife duo, both of whom have a background in fashion, Gamthi’s selection of fabric had a little something rather unique about it.

PS: They even stitch suits, skirts, blouses, and more.

Where: Shop No. 47, Shankar Market

Contact: 011 23411171, or write to monika_mair22@yahoo.com

Follow them on Facebook here.


070916_ShankarMarket_Hunar #LBBPicks: 5 Shops At Shankar Market That’ll Make You A Fabric FanaticCheck out Hunar for a variety of prints in indigo batik {starting at INR 200 per metre} and Jaipuri block print fabric.

The block print fabrics come in a variety of shades, like yellow, olive green, magenta, and more, and are really great for summer kurtas. If you want something for cooler season, they have some pretty kalamkari cotton silk fabrics you can check out.

Where: Shop No. 50, Shankar Market

Contact: 011 23415656

Photo: Poulomi Dey/LBB


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