Andheri-Versova are home to a fantastic night-life, shopping havens and clean beaches. Just when we thought we had explored it enough, it hits us in the face with Manish Market – the mecca of ethnic wear. Sheltered from the sweltering heat, Manish Market comfortably sits a little ahead of DN Nagar metro station. Here are five items you must pick up as you get ready for the festive season.

Kurtas

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Now, you get them everywhere in Mumbai but majority of the street shops give us the heebie-jeebies with their garish prints. Manish Market did have the saner ones as well at a decent price. This white embroidered kurta was pitched at INR 300 but we took it for INR 200 and headed off to find more stuff. The shop we spotted this at is opposite shop number 20.

Semi-Patialas and Dupattas

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If you’ve always hated the mandatory suits sets and have preferred mixing and matching {the best}, we found colourful semi-patiala and dupatta sets for INR 350. Now’s the cue to bring out those white/beige/black kurtas out to match them with these. You’ll find these opposite shop number 22.

Ready-Made Blouses

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We often find ourselves in a fix when it comes to blouses. The long process of choosing the cloth, explaining it to the tailor and picking it up eats up a considerable amount of our Netflix time {seriously why can’t we just pass off sports bras as blouses?}. Ready-made blouses are a blessing in this case and the one we found at Manish market are more so. The designs and colours are neutral and will match with majority of saris or lehengas. These are available at Asifa wholesalers, and retail at INR 750 upwards for a piece.

Jackets and Lehenga Fabric

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Now while we were scouring for some ‘good shit’, we stumbled upon First Choice, where a bunch of enthusiastic men were helping a bride-to-be choose her lehenga. Walking in hesitantly, we were taken by surprise with all the fabrics neatly lined up on the shelves. From lehenga fabrics in net/georgette/any fabric you name to jazzy jackets and dupattas that give any expensive Indian wear store a run for its money, this shop held us hostage for a while. With fancy cloth material starting at INR 250 per metre and jackets at INR 700, this shop did become our first choice.

Laces

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Now for those who like to dabble in the art of DIY – on clothes, home decor and the likes, Ruchi Laces might have that certain design/colour/concept of laces for you. Slap them on cushion covers or on a lehenga {designed by you} or shoes! So many possibilities, it’s killing us.

Photos: Nupur Prasad