Wedding shopping is a fun yet expensive proposition. Its not just the 3 outfits that you need for the mehendi, wedding and sangeet, but you also need clothes for your trousseau! Read through.
The number can vary depending on your own cultural rules and regulations. The general rule says 11,21, 31 etc but it differs, I met a girl whose Sikh mother-in-law had to give 11 clothes as part of her trousseau and her father’s family that belongs to the Brahman clan from Rajasthan had to give her 21 clothes!
I find it tedious shopping for one garment and I am sure it’s a toughie shortlisting clothes with your mother and mother-in-law. DIY is the way to go – we provide some options:
DIY: Buy fabric and try shopping at Mangal Das market and Manish Market in Mumbai. Here you can buy some Banarasi brocade and lots of zari. Another option is in Bandra, a shop called GLANZ and stores surrounding it are recommended for fabric shopping. Once you find the fabric you need – get it stitched! If you don’t have a local tailor in Mumbai head to Bandra and reach out to a tailor at HM shop in Pali Hill.
In Delhi, Dastkar is great place to shop where you will find different craftsmen from all over the country and fabrics from Ikat to Ajarak.
Get your relatives to source traditional hand-looms in shades of nude, gold and silver. Take cue from Surbhi Shukla, who is Junior Fashion Editor at a leading magazine. “I bought a sari from Benaras- beige with gold ambis and for my mehendi ceremony, I converted into a one shoulder gown – with a flounce!! As part of my trousseau, I got some sari blouses with intricate Gota from Pushkar and some lehariya saris from Ajmer. My trousseau also included some saris with real gold and silver zari that were part of my grandmother’s collection.”
Another option in Delhi is the whole sale market of Chandni Chowk. Gandhinagar is east Delhi’s version of Chandni Chowk – where you can find fabrics and clothes at wholesale prices- this area is also home to several fabric factories. Rajouri Garden is west Delhi’s version of Chandni Chowk.
In Kolkata, Burrabazar is a great fabric find and if you have some well networked friend can help you get you very own weaver!