Here’s the good news—Central Market, Lajpat Nagar is repetitive in terms of what’s being retailed; plus, there’s barely a price, quality or product difference between one nook and the next. So if you know exactly which stores to hit, you can go there with a definite purpose.

#LBBTip: There ain’t no space here for the timid; put on your aggressive and bargaining best if you want to do more than just have a look-see.

KC Creations

Image source : K.C. Creations

Photo source: K.C. Creations

If HP Singh in Nehru Place is too pricey for you and the lanes of Chandni Chowk too far, KC is an excellent middle ground.

They’re well-priced for fabrics, and have a giant range spread over three floors. Cottons, blends, prints {3D, geometric patterns, tie & dye, Aztec, tribal}, brocades, silks, chanderis, and phulkaris; KC can cater to any and every fabric need. Did we mention their evident penchant for Masaba and Manish Arora rip-offs?

Fair warning: The owner and his staff have a reputation for being rude to their customers; don’t let that bother you.

Find out more here.

The Prakash Collection

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Photo: Aarohi Mehra/LBB

Hands down our favourite store! They specialise in borders and trimmings and house any & every kind you can think of. Think borders that are Sabyasachi-inspired, phulkari, kundan, zari, Rajasthani, Parsi, cutwork, Swarovski-encrusted, and laser cut.

Venture into their basement, a treasure chest for studs, stones, beads, pearls, collars, resources for DIY necklaces, and every type of button and zip.

Istri Vastra

Image courtesy: Istri Vastra

Photo courtesy: Istri Vastra

Tucked away in the corner of a by-lane, Istri Vastra has little to no branding, two openings, and is easy to miss. It’s a fairly popular store though, so asking around always proves fruitful. We especially recommend their collection of white fabrics and line of neon fabrics. From chikan work, white-on-white detailing and delicate laces, to funky neon prints and georgettes, they’ve got everything.

Vikas Matching Corner

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Not the friendliest bunch over at Lajpat Nagar, Vikas specialises in matching parts of an outfit together, from kurtis, salwars and dupattas, to churidars, and skirts. All you’ve got to do is arrive with any one of the above, and they’ll match all its counterparts.

You can put together an outfit from scratch too, but their line of clothing is very basic and understated, so we recommend arriving with one statement piece, so they can pick neutral basics to match to it.

Ghoonghat Dupatta

Image courtesy: Ghoonghat Dupatta

Photo courtesy: Ghoonghat Dupatta

Vastra’s next door neighbour, Ghoongat, makes buying Indian clothes a lot easier, allowing versatility with its exhaustive range of patiala salwars and dupattas that you can mix and match.

Their chunnis are available in a range of colours and styles, including the ever popular crinkled variety with gold piping, the simple chiffon in solid colours, and block printed chunnis.

Find out more here.

Salwar Lane

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Photo: Aarohi Mehra/LBB

Opposite 3C’s Cineplex, this lane has on offer a massive range of pre-stitched, semi-stitched, and unstitched salwar suits. They stock salwar suits primarily in cottons, crepes, georgettes and other basic, lightweight fabrics. Although mass-produced and not of the greatest quality, if you sift carefully, you can get lucky with some great salwar pieces for everyday wear.

This lane also houses majority of the tailors and dyers for some quick alteration or dye-job.

Jooti Stalls

Photo: Anand Mohapatra

Photo : Anand Mohapatra

Since the branding was a tad questionable, we’re calling them the triad of shoe stores. Bang opposite KFC, stalls number 12, 13, and 14 are Lajpat Nagar’s hotspot for juttis, kohlapuris and other Indian-inspired flats for men, women, and children. The stalls offer more or less the same in terms of design {thread work, cutout, solid colours, and embellishments}, styles, and price ranges.

There does exist a certain competitive streak between the three stores, so if you’re in the mood for some theatrics, you can feign disinterest in one, to get yourself a better rate at the next one.

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