Fabindia store with widest selection on Kurtas/Pijamas in Delhi?

#31 Mar 8th, 2008, 10:30
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(makes a mental not not to wear Khadi if I ever get to meet the Opo... )
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Oh, I love khadi -- I just didn't like any of the ready made clothes at the Delhi khadi shop. Though the men's clothes were much simpler and thus less awful. All the women's things were very frumpy and looked like something my 6th grade teacher would wear if she had lived in India.
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That's ok then
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An Article on Fabindia in Newspaper Mint
http://www.livemint.com/2008/03/0100...The-ethni.html


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Originally Posted by Scandojazzbuff View Post A word of warning regarding Fabindia, and, many other shops selling similar kinds of clothing. Everything will shrink much more than what they claim. Never wash anything with color that has been bought from them with your usual clothing. Running color is a hallmark of these products. Your beautiful Kurta will not look like it did after washing. Colors really wash out and are not as vivid plus all the starch they put in the fabric on the shelves, give the product a very different look after washing. IMO, Fabindia is a ripoff. Way overpriced for the quality you are buying.
Well probably you didnt washed it using the instruction given....From mine and my fiance's experience of using the stuff from Fab (as we call it) for last 10-12 yrs.......we still have to see colors getting washed so much that they will affect other clothes.......shrinks are generally arnd 10%..........they offer good quality stuff at decent enough price.....though i agree it has become little costly in last couple of years but still worth the money...........
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Cotton world is another shop worth checking out.
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Just washed a FabIndia printed kurta - handwashed, cold water - and it definitely didn't shrink or change color (it's black and dark red). Usual amount of color running - usual for any printed cotton thing.

Re: FabIndia - I fell in love with it. I have loved Indian clothes for a long time, but never had this kind of access to the kind I'd like -- here in NY most of the business in clothes from India is either the very dressy clothes South Asians buy here to wear to weddings and things, or very auntie-ish salwar kameezes, or very casual kurtas -- there's not much of a market for stylish everyday clothes since "Indians" living here are Americans, basically, and wear western clothes to work and whatnot.

So -- it was for one thing a matter of getting used to having a lot of choice, also figuring out which styles of kurta appealed to me, also starting (just) to figure out ways to wear shawls and dupattas (I feel I can "Indianize" my style in NY mostly with kurtas and stoles-shawls etc). A good thing about FabIndia is there are not too many styles, so it's somewhat manageable -- though all I can think about is going back alone (so as not to feel there's anybody who'll get impatient) and looking at every single thing in every shop.

And as people have said - the prices are much higher than prices in the street markets, which I also loved, but sooo much cheaper than NYC for something comparable, by which I mean - a whole outfit you can wear to the office or a restaurant, and I mean on a "normal" middle-class budget. I'd say FabIndia stuff is about a third of the comparable thing in NY.
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy View Post Cotton world is another shop worth checking out.
jyotida: cotton world is mostly [BLR + BOM] western styled clothes... of course in cottons and linens.
they do not have them indian colours or block printed fabric which is so inherently indian.

there is another place called 'anokhi'. if you think fab india is pricey - then stay away from this one.

nick: khadi is great for the indian climate, and the fabric weave is but like opo said - no-no for readymade apparel for women.
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"Though the men's clothes were much simpler"
thats cause they aint got no boobs nor butts to flaunt -

BUT, if one can buy the material and get a tailor to custom make your kurta/kurti, go for it.

other places to buy 'indian' ready-mades are the various government emporiums - gujarat / rajasthan. i think there is one in every city.
BUT thru experience - i have always had a problem with the fitting
worth checking out though - you never know.

neeli: yup, fabindia clothes can double as both formal and informal wear. drape the dupatta's like a scarf - like opo does, looks really savvy!
prices at fab india have been hiked in the past fortnight
but fab it will always be for me [gosh! that even rhymes!]



:brishti

in response to nick's posting below: yup , you just aint aware - aint nothing simple about khadi
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khadi for women has that austere look to it, like, for personal or religious reasons, she has decided not to decorate herself.

Or maybe there is more fancy stuff that I am not aware of.
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I liked Anokhi too. There's more "style" to the styles, the garments are more complicated. I think I went to two Anokhi stores in Rajasthan, and then two FabIndia stores, one in Khan Market and then a pretty big one in Bombay.

Also Anokhi relative to FabIndia has fewer things - FabIndia I think mostly has several basic styles of kurtas, pants, shawls, dupattas, etc., and makes them in a large and changing variety of textiles, with also a small line of slightly more designed things. Ahokhi seems to me to have some basic things but far more things that are more complexly made, and that will change more often. So the price difference makes sense.

And still compared to home it's good. And compared to trying to shop in England, it's fantastic!!
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I'd say that, if FabIndia style is your thing, they could become your Marks & SPencers; you could live in their clothes. Anokhi is where you would buy something for a special occasion.
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That sounds just right.

I think I spent less than I (vaguely) budgeted for shopping, because prices were better than I'd expected coming from NY. Also, this is a tangent, I'd had the idea of finding one really good shawl and paying for it, as a once-in-a-lifetime thing on a first trip. But -- I looked at so many of them I got sick of them before I found anything dreamy, so I did all my shopping in other places.

(Indian shawl-seller style helped me get sick of them, all the immediate insistence on unfurling anything my eye lit on, no matter what I said about having no money etc, drove me crazy. Along with the anticipation of the inevitable sorrowful gazes when I left without opening my purse. Sorry to be so non-cross-cultural, but -- I definitely found releif in the "western" style of the shops we are talking about, where help comes only when you ask for it.)
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Yes, I know what you mean.

I try to insist: I can see without unpacking it whether I like that colour or not; please only undo the ones I want to see. They do, sometimes get the point. If not, that they have to pack it all up again is their headache!
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Oh, the really hard part is when you go in wanting a shawl, and having some stipulation like "a black shawl" or whatever. And then they pull out every black shawl in the shop, NONE of which are what you're looking for.

Then it feels double bad to leave without buying anything!
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One of my shopping rules: never feel bad about not buying if you don't see what you want.

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Talking shop names

Hi can anyone tell me where I can get a list of the outlets in Khan Market? I was there last year and tried on some really pretty clothes, but can't remember what the shop was called, there was another material outlet shop there I think like fabindia but can't remember what that one was called either. Also I brought some dvds from a place in ansal plaza but can't remember what that shop was called. really appreciate any help given thank you

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