Hi Girls!! I am back from the loooooooong weekend and still drooling. I was in Ambala (near Chandigarh) over the weekend to meet my baby niece. I also indulged in a bit of saree shopping.
Basically, for the past 2 days I have been unable to rejoin office due to throat infection and fever. Thanks to all the ice creams and colas!!
With nothing much to do, I thought I would share the pictures of shopping I did in Kolkata and now in Amabla. Here you go….
(All the Sarees have been given for few customizations and I am left with the blouse pieces only except one. So the pictures are of the blouse pieces and not the sarees.)
- Sister’s Banarasi Wedding Day Saree- This one is a beautiful “Banarasi” silk saree. My sister doesn’t like stone studs or “Zardosi”. So we had to stick to pure Zari-worked sarees. The Blouse is much simpler than the Saree. The Saree has lot more Zari thread work on the full body and a heavily done pallu. We got this from “Priya Gopal Bishoyi” at Triangular Park which has an exhaustive range of Banarasi Sarees and other Bengali Sarees as well. This one came for INR 16000.
Other Shops to check out for Banarasi and Bengali Sarees like Taant, Tasare, Dhakaai Buti, Kaantha Work, Chanderi etc:-
- Adi Dhakeshwari (just opposite to Priya Gopal Bishoyi)
- Adi Mohini Kanjilaal
- Indian Silk House
- Saree I picked for myself from Ambala- I am equally not a fan of “chum chum” stuff. So it was very difficult for me to look for one which had the least studded stuff and still good be worn on the wedding day of my sis., in this so very “Punjabi” area.
On the wedding day, all those agony aunts will be interested in judging and scrutinizing the clothes and the jewelries!! Mind it, I am supposed to wear gold only!! Phew there goes my desire to look trendy and traditional!!
I picked up this bright yellow net saree from Rajan Saree for INR 6000. This area is flocked with bridal shops though I chose to visit only one shop as it was hot and my little niece had also accompanied us.
The saree has got extensive thread work embroidery on the entire bottom part and the pallu. There is stone work on the pink and green piped border and also in between the embroidery. The blouse is in contrasting green.
- Saree for Reception: This one is a simple Royal Blue Chanderi Silk Saree from “The Taant House”, Dokhinnapan Market for INR 2500. Dokhinnapan market is a West Bengal Government authorized hub of emporium shops. Mostly all shops here keep a variety of authentic saress both Bengali (Cotton + Silk) and specialties from other states as well. If you are interested in boutique kind of stuff, you should definitely check out this place and visit as much as shops in this area.
I shall not wear this blouse which is an extension of the saree. Rather I shall go for a sleeve less lemon yellow contratsing blouse and plan to focus on the accessories.
- Block printed Chanderi Slik Saree: I picked this one also from one of the emporium shops in Dakhinnapan market, on the far end of the first floor. I am unable to recall the name but once it hits my brains I shall share the same with you gals. This shop has a heavy collection of beautiful boutique stuff and needless to say, is a check out must. I plan to customize this Saree with a red and green checkered border. I got it for INR 2000 approx. and plan to keep it as a back-up saree for “Gaye Holud” (Haldi ) Ceremony or “Briddhi” (various pooja that involves the bride and her parents).
- Banarsai Georgette Orange Skirt & Mid riff covered golden blouse: This one I plan to wear for the “Thotto” (Shagun). I have ordered this online here.
(Wish I had a mid riff like that, Sob Sob!!)
P.S: Confession- Yes, Yellow is my favourite color!