It's A Fabric Jungle! These Are The Best Fabric Stores
Sri Narsingh Cloth Emporium
Narsingh has multiple branches all across the city but we heart its first branch in Ameerpet. We found dainty printed materials in various patterns and colors. While ikat is priced INR 130 upwards per metre, Kalamkari’s starting price is INR 110. The Benarasi Silk section also has fabrics that are priced INR 350 upwards and we think these are perfect for your social events.
Known for: Pure cotton, raw silk, pure georgette, brocade, pure crepe, Benarasi silk, and Kalamkari fabric.
Mahila Art Centre
Mahila Art Centre is tucked inside a gap between shops, and it is an emporium of fabrics of all kinds. One entire section of the shop is filled with fancy border cloths and it looks nothing less than a gallery. They are neatly curated by colour and the type of work on it. Find vibrant hues with heavy embroidery, mirror work, pearls or patchwork; as well as shades of gold with intricate design. One look at these and your dream Manish Malhotra or Sabyasachi lehengas will not seem unattainable.
Known for: Embroidered fabric, cotton, and lace.
Thunga Swamy Silks is an 80-year-old fabric and readymade emporium that sources fabrics, sarees, and dress materials from Indian towns. We were told that the owner handpicks the ikat and Pochampally sarees at Pochampally himself. Right from peacock greens and sunflower yellows to subtle beige and furious reds, they have stocked up on plenty. The price range starts at INR 150 per metre.
Known for: Pochampally and Kancheepuram fabric.
Cheap Jack is a three-storied store in General Bazaar that has racks and racks of ikat fabrics in both earthy and vibrant colours, embroidered and netted fabrics, as well as plain solid colours. You will also find a collection of soft coloured cloth done up with intricate gold designs that you can stitch for a reception or party. If ethnic wear isn't really your style, don't worry as they have floral prints that we think will make super pretty sundresses too.
Known for: Pochampally, bandhani, and Banarasi fabric.
Your Bollywood attire dream is finally going to come true. For floral dupattas, accessories, and fabric pieces that you can mix and match to bring out the inner Manish Malhotra in you, K R Kasat is where you should head to. It has two floors — the ground floor has accessories and dupattas. The first floor is a non-fussy affair with aisles and aisles of fabrics. In fact, we were told that the store doesn’t make space for outdated designs.
Known for: Banaras, cotton, silk fabric.
Amaravathi Saree House
Tucked away in the oldest lanes of Ameerpet, Amaravathi Saree House is a hidden gem with some of the best fabrics out there. Whether you're looking to get a lehenga or a dress stitched, this store has lovely ones that come in offbeat colours like turquoise, tangerine, and mehendi.
Known for: Kalamkari, ikat, shibori print, and Benaras fabric.
Fair Price Extension
Fair Price offers fabrics and readymades at reasonable prices, and shopping here won't leave you broke. Walk past those readymades and step into their fabric zone where you'll vibrant, good material fabrics that are grand enough for wedding couture.
Known for: Ikat, Benaras Silk, and kalamkari fabric.
Strolling through Laad Bazaar, we found plenty of fabrics that we couldn't stop hoarding. The wholesale stores lined along the market have stocked up on fancy and desi fabrics. Affordable and available in a gazillion designs, they are quite good for weddings and festive collections.
Known for: Ikat, Kalamkari, brocades, Benaras silk, and chiffon fabric.