Unusual Batiks, Classic Tangails & Quirky Prints: Score A Standout Saree For Pujo This Year At These 12 Places

Orishtha posted on 10 August

Ten-Second Takeaway

Looking for the perfect saree? These 12 sari places in Kolkata stock everything – from gorgeous Bengal cottons to embroidered silks.

Tanti: 17 Varieties At Pocket-Friendly Prices

This tiny shop’s claim to fame is that it has seventeen different types of sarees in stock! From tant to jamdani, they have quite the range. This is a pocket-friendly store {located close to the Kwality bus stop in Salt Lake sector 1} and a great place for stocking up. Prices rage from about INR 590 to INR 5,000.

Clothing Stores

BE-97, Sector 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata

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Swati and Sunaina: Splash Of Color

Designer duo Swati and Sunaina specialise in banarasi, jamdani and muslin sarees. The use of rich and vibrant colours along with the traditional zari work is what sets their collection apart. Price – on request.

Clothing Stores

P-465, Keyatala Road, Near Purna Das Road, Kolkata

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Weavers Studio: Natural Fabrics & Dyes

Weavers Studio – one of Kolkata’s premier saree destinations – is known for their natural fabrics, dyes, and innovative embroidery. While you are there, pick up something from their well-curated accessory section – a piece of jewellery, or a stole and dupatta. Prices are around INR 4,o00 onwards. It’s closed on Sundays.

Boutiques

5/1, Anil Moitra Road, Ballygunge Place, Kolkata

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Ggitika Sahariia: Block Dyes On Chanderi

Although her venture into sarees is fairly new, her label ‘Ggitika Sahariia’ has been around since the summer of 2013. Ggikita works mainly with chanderi fabric by adding block prints and embroidery details to her sarees. She also creates customised, stylish blouses to match. Prices start from INR 6,000. Her studio is on the second floor of 7/1 Fern Road – call and make an appointment.

Clothing Stores

7/1, 2nd Floor, Fern Road, Gariahat, Kolkata

    Byloom: Handlooms With A Twist

    Byloom is one of the most popular saree shop stops in the city. Their forte is traditional handloom weaves with a twist, and unusual color combinations. Do pick up one of their signature ‘Abir’ saree – they come in a riot of colours. Their shibori silks, disco khadis are great buys as well. We love the range that comes with funky prints like cycle rickshaws. They have a blouse section where you can find something to complement your buy. The sarees are INR 1,100 upwards.

    Clothing Stores

    58-B, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

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    Balaram Saha: Tangails & More

    Started in the early 90’s, this shop has grown to become an integral part of every saree hunter’s quest. Pick up a classic Bengal tangail saree famous for its airy weightlessness and transparency. Or a dhaniakhali with crisp and smart stripes. They look great worn with contrasting, embroidered blouses. Prices start from around INR 500.

    Clothing Stores

    14/6, 1st Floor, Gariahat Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata

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    Kanishka’s: Khadis & Linens

    One of the first designer saree boutiques in the city, Kanishka’s has single handedly revived traditional handloom cotton weaving and block printing. The shop has a wonderful range of ethnic sarees that have been carefully curated for the buyer with a unique taste – beautiful Dhakais from Bangladesh, linen and gorgeous handwoven Bengal khadis. Price – on request.

    Clothing Stores

    2/1, Hindustan Road, Dover Terrace, Kalighat, Kolkata

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    Vastra Kuttim: Old Is Gold

    This family-owned store has been draping Kolkata women for over a hundred years. Although, they specialise in the different types of silk sarees found in India, there are over twenty different kinds of sarees available under one roof. This makes the store a one-stop shop for people of all ages. Given the vast variety of sarees, the prices can go up to INR 50,000.

    Clothing Stores

    13/8, Anil Moitra Road, Swinhoe Street, Ekdalia, Ballygunge, Kolkata

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    Meera Basu: Curated Treasures

    A Meera Basu saree is an integral part of any Kolkatan’s wardrobe. Her exquisite style and taste in sarees is what puts her collection in a different league. Her store opened its doors to the city in 1979 and since then, it has been a hub for muslin, mooga silk, katan silk, kota silk, kora, tussar, dhanekhali, tangail, dhakai and cotton kantha stitch sarees. Price – on request.

    Clothing Stores

    8, Dr. Sarat Banerjee Road, Lake Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata

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    Lakshmi: Crepes, Georgettes & Zardozis

    Nestled in the heart of New Market is Lakshmi. This shop has been around for over thirty years. Their quality of silks, crepes and georgettes is what draws its customers back year after year. Prices start at around INR 1,500.

    Clothing Stores

    G-25, New Market, Lalbajar, College Square, Kolkata

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    Bhumisuta: Awesome Batiks On Silks

    A couple of minutes away from Byloom is Bhumisuta where you can pick up a range of sarees. The silks with their in-house batik prints are the best and are priced very reasonably at around INR 3,000+.

     

    Clothing Stores

    8/1-C, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata

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    Dakhisnapan: India Under One Roof

    If you want a variety of traditional sarees in one place, head to the state outlets in Dakshinapan. Maheshwaris from Madhya Pradesh, ikats from Andhra Pradesh, muga from Assam, sambalpuris of Odisha – they are all available here. The best part about shopping in this complex is that you can take a break with a cup of Darjeeling tea and sandwiches at the iconic Dolly’s Tea shop.