We were walking down Jatin Das Park when a folksy art and mural-speckled courtyard of an old home caught our eyes. We found a quirky boutique with handpicked saris, statement jewellery and menswear.
Tribal Saris, Menswear And Accessories: This Boutique Will Dress You To Stand Out
Tribal Saris To Do The Look
It’s not often that you come across a boutique that’s low on bling and shine, but that Swatantra (means “free) is different will be evident from the moment you step in. Handwoven saris with distinctive handwork unique to the different tribes of India. From Odisha’s Kotpad, Dongria, Phuta Santal to Goa’s Kunbi, Godavari’s Pattebar and Bhuj’s Bhujodi – Swatantra’s collection is as individualistic as its name. Prices start at INR 1,900 and can go up to as far as INR 8K.
Exclusive Wears For Him & Her
Swatantra deserves credit for exclusive designs and subtle aesthetics that don’t just limit itself to saris. There’s handpainted indigo kurtas, sandblock printed tops, gamcha-inspired sarongs, kantha blouses, interesting panjabis, uttoriyas and zany dhotis to keep you stylish and safe from stale fashion trends. Prices vary between INR 800 to INR 10K, depending on the work and style.
Accesorise It Right
Swatantra’s accessories are statement pieces in themselves. Turn your look around with chunky dokra pendants, bead and clay jewellery, silver pieces or simply by carrying a sabai grass woven bag. Get these accessories from as low as INR 500.
Keep some time aside for a look at all the wonderful folk art that decks this vintage house which dates back to early 1930s. And check out the striking blue and yellow mosaic of the poster of Satyajit Ray’s film, Devi.