When you start shopping for traditional weaves and embellishments for your treasure trove, you realise that your reverie has finally began to unfold! As if the entire Universe is engrossed in cosseting your dreams by alluring you to bask in rich Indian splendor. Indian culture spread over 29 states, all wrapped up in a unique song of attire, food, clothing and accessories is pure pleasure for the classy shopper. We at Wedding Affair, explored shopping hubs to help you assemble the best for your trousseau trove.
Delhi – Get spoilt for choice with variety of Bridal Lehangas
Delhi is the Mecca for those who seek designer couture. The first in my list is Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj. This luxury mall incorporates big labels like Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Suneet Verma, Sabyasachi, Kimaya and Gaurav Gupta, all drenching you in luxe affair. For a grander exposure, I strolled though the choc-a-blocked lanes of Chandni Chowk, known for selling replicas of most accomplished designers in fashion industry. For a refined shopping experience, head to Frontier Raas in South-Extention Delhi. All the lehengas here, have elaborate work and the prettiest motifs. Markets like Lajpat Nagar, Khan Market are also known for bridal shopping. So don’t keep brooding, just gear up to explore Delhi’s incredible fashion lanes.
Amritsar – Adorn in startling Kalira and Chudha
Indian brides from all over the world order chudha and kaliras from these vibrant lanes of Chudhe Wala Bazaar (Bangle Market). Chudha and kalira are famous mostly in Punjabi weddings. However, nowadays due to it’s effervesce, brides from every religion love to indulge in the hearty colors. As the name suggests, the market has some of the best collections of red and white bangles in different designs and kaliras in different sizes that only this market offers. My friend from Boston made her semblance impressive by specially ordering these kaliras from Amritsar. Markets here, have both designer showrooms of reputable brands and also clothes for every kind of shopper.
Bengal – Flaunt your womanliness with Bengali Saris
Bengali saris, cast another level of uniqueness to a trousseau as they are inspired by cultural heritage. I turned my eyes towards the silk saris of Bengal – yes, for those of you who are unaware, Bengal too, makes some of the best silk saris in India. The most famous of them would be the Murshidabad silk, which has a mention in the historical scrolls of the 18th century. It is said that the erstwhile East India Company helped to set up two factories to produce Murshidabad silk. New Market, Kolkata, is home to a plethora of sari shops, such as Dayaram & Co., Bombay Silk House, Adi Dhakeshwari Bastralaya and Ghanashyam. Starting from Korial lal paar sari to Dhakai Jamdani sari, this market has so much to offer.
Hyderabad- Cosset your dreams with Bangles
Laad Bazaar also called as Chudi Bazaar is one of the famous ancient bazaar in Hyderabad where women can shop bangles of diverse shades and hues. Chudi Bazaar is prominently famous for bangles made of every possible material including pearls. I was lured to see the different assortment of bangles. Available in the bazaar are chudis made up of glass, brass, lac (hard lacquer sealing wax), metal, threads and silver. It is mostly famous for lac bangles studded with glass mirrors and colorful stones. As our team went down to these lanes, we were mesmerized by its vibrancy. Every shop was lively with exuberant hues of beauty and splendor. We just couldn’t resist purchasing in dozens.
Kerala – In Gold’s own country
Every person who visits Kerala brings home gold jewellery on his/her return for the girl of the family so that she takes magnificent pieces from heritage in her trousseau. Love for gold is always a priority for the bride’s family; they want to gift her a memory that never dwindles with time. And for this, they embark on their journey from far off places to visit the famous jewellers and Kerala is famous for it. Thrissur is the main jewellery manufacturing town that employs thousands of local craftsmen and goldsmiths. Jewellery with a touch of vintage craftsmanship is a perfect token of love. So, explore the variety in God’s own world of gold in Kerala! I picked some royal pieces from Kerala and I’m enthralled to see how it adds a majestic edge to my traditional ensembles!