Revisit Your Childhood Days & Love For Kolkata With This Brand's Six Yards
What Makes It Awesome
If you fancy local indie designs on your clothes, we recommend checking out the homegrown brand, Ghuri by city-based designer Debjani Ray Chaudhuri.
Debjani does amazing hand-painted sarees and blouses, inspired by childhood memories and the world of Bengali art, cinema, music and literature. Our favourite has to be her collection of brightly-hued hand block printed sarees, bearing local motifs like taxi, rickshaw, sandesh, gupi-bhaga, Feluda and kash ful. We came across this stellar white and pink handloom saree block-printed with scenes from the 1965 timeless classic The Sound of Music. Another one has to be a mulberry silk saree boasting the nine forms of Maa Durga. Every collection tells a story and bears a heavy dose of nostalgia.
Ghuri's range of blouses are equally drool-worthy. From one bearing a bor-bou (husband-wife) motif to another embroidered with the Kolkata skyline, we love how she uses atypical Bengali embroidery on her designs.
Debjani also does customisations. So you can order a saree or a blouse as per your choice of design, embroidery or colour. While her sarees start from INR 2,600, blouses are available from INR 1,600.
She also stocks dhoti-kurtas for men, hand-painted with intricate designs. Colour coordinate with your little one as Debjani designs bespoke kurtis and dresses for children as well. Even though she mainly retails online, you can also drop in at her workshop in Howrah, strictly by appointment.