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Buying Traditional Clothing in Chennai

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Buying Traditional Clothing in Chennai


My husband and I are visiting South India arriving in Chennai this New Years. I thought that it would be nice to buy a Salwar Kameez (or more :-D) for travelling while we are in India. I have a couple of questions now: As it is for travelling, the Salwar Kameez shouldn't be too fancy or expensive. I had a look around and good street markets/shops seem to be this areas:

- Kothaval Chavady – Flower Bazar area

- Purasawakkam area

Is that right or do you recommend any other places? Also, I'm quite a tall woman (177cm). Will I be able to buy something of the stalls? We didn't plan to stay that long in Chennai to get any tailoring done. I am also not very sure what a normal price for a robust but still nice looking Salwar Kameez is. Any suggestions?

Would I also be able to find a nice looking Saree in these areas? What are the normal price ranges for Sarees?

Many thanks for any answers!

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1. Re: Buying Traditional Clothing in Chennai

Flower bazaar is an area near parrys. In parrys there are many textile shops if roam around you will get ready made stitched salwar kameez starting from rs.700-800. I think you will get for your height also.

For more variety visit usman road or pondy bazaar at T.nagar.

Even if you do not get ready made salwar kameez , buy material and as most of the reputed shops will have their own tailor you get the material stitched within one or two days.

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The ideal place to have some decent choices would be T Nagar areas such as Usman Road, Ranganathan Street etc. But I would suggest you look at the hypermarkets such as Westside or Pantaloons or Reliance Trends or etc, as they would have the choice of sizes. The best way to go around buying given your more than normal height (comparing to Indian Average) would be to pick up the tops or kurtas that fit you and then mix n match them with suitable leggings which come in free sizes. The regular use kurtis should cost you anywhere between Rs.499 to Rs.1299 depending on the choice you make and tthe leggings would cost you anywhere between Rs.350 to Rs.400. you may pick up some common matching dupattas also, if you need some. The readymade salwars may not suit your height as they also come in one standard free size but the ones in the outlets I have mentioned would have sizes like XS, S, M, L , XL & XXL. You may choose the kurtis which suit your height and then request the outlet to alter the chest and waist as per your specifications and fit, as height would only be a matter of concern in this case. These places also have some designer collections which are Rs.2500 upwards and in case you choose to buy a little grand one also you would have choices.



Edited: 26 November 2013, 09:33
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