Looks can be deceptive and this massive Nizamuddin house might not look like it belongs to the royals of Rampur, but it does and Shahzadi Naghat Abedi’s three daughters have created Narjis, a brand that’s known for its exquisite chikankari, badla, mukaish work on beautiful Indian clothes.
The sisters all come from an arts background. Narjis started the brand a decade ago and now juggles teaching at British School along with everyday business. Her sisters Nida (she has studied fashion) and Sana (she’s been a photographer in New York), both chip in.
Their ornate drawing-room, full of chandeliers and family photos, has a very haveli-like vibe that can put a lot of designer boutiques to shame. It’s cosy, un-intimidating, and full of drop-dead gorgeous Indian ethnic clothes. We crushed so bad on the shararas and jhola kurtas. Narjis' pre-stitched blouses were stunning too. Oh, and the sisters kept us regaled with their stories as we walked and soaked it all in.
From what we hear, people wait for Narjis’ exhibitions abroad and those in the know often find themselves at their house shopping in the most intimate home boutique ever.
The Chikankari saris start at INR 60k, the badla and sequin work ones at INR 40k, and the Kurtis with a bit of bling and threadwork are priced at INR 12k upwards. The pret collection was our favourite and we even spotted pieces for 6k on sale. Yay!
So, yes, you pay extra when everything's handmade and if these prices aren't a bummer for you, nothing else will be.
P.S. You need to Whatsapp or call (+91-9205779020) and take an appointment before you land up. They believe in personal attention and sharing (everything from their khaandani food to style advice to family stories) when they take you around the boutique.