Wholesale fine suit fabrics? Where do they come from?

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Heya,

I've only just arrived in Delhi but I'll be around for a few years. I'm looking for a place to buy fine wholesale suit fabrics (cashmere and other fine wools at around a 190 thread-count). I have been to a few of the reputable tailors but their best quality wools are very expensive. Loro Piana fabrics are from 10-30,000 rupees per meter, although I do understand that they have been imported from Valsesia.

I would like to know if there is a fabric market in the Delhi area which distributes to the tailors or, alternately, a city in Cashemere that is famed for its luxury wool production "spaccio". I would love to make the trip to the best fabric producing villages(including raw silks)but I simply don't know where they are. It would be a great reference to have a point-of origin reference for these fabrics on Mike's for future fabric hunters; does anybody have any ideas on where to begin?

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Do you know how to make out between one fabric from another visually ? In the matters for wholesale and limited production there are small production places in Ludhiana/Jullunder area that deal with woolen & cashmere - You have to go with a sample swatch, and a local punj who can talk the talk and walk the walk.

How is that for an initial pointer ?
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Thanks nycank,

I'll have to plan a trip to check it out, making certain to bring along my swatch and a walking/talking punj.

BW,

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I'll have to plan a trip to check it out, making certain to bring along my swatch and a walking/talking punj.

BW,

Ryan
In all honestly, there are small batch weavers and mills in other parts of India, however, woolen and cashmere tends to be in Northern India. And, my mentioning of Ludhiana/Jullunder corridor happens to be both based on personal knowledge, and data about exports from there than other region to parts in India and worldwide.
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It sounds like well-earned information, I am grateful for the recommendation. I will look forward to the occasion to explore your suggestions with my real(rather than virtual) feet.

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I've only just arrived in Delhi but I'll be around for a few years. I'm looking for a place to buy fine wholesale suit fabrics (cashmere and other fine wools at around a 190 thread-count). I have been to a few of the reputable tailors but their best quality wools are very expensive. Loro Piana fabrics are from 10-30,000 rupees per meter, although I do understand that they have been imported from Valsesia.

Cheers,

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Since you'd be around for a while, you may also want to check if going to Bhilwara (a major textile town in south Rajasthan with large mills) helps - it should. Will you consider seconds as well? If so, it can work out cheaper.
Most large cloth makers in India (such as Raymond) make the thread count you're looking for - not in great quantity but they do. Raymond goes to 200 nm+ but will likely be very expensive. (Most suit fabric in India is around 80-100 nm). I recall seeing something called Georgia Gullini available in the wholesale shops here.
I'd suggest starting with the wholesale markets in Delhi first (Chandni Chowk - Katra Neel, Kucha Natwan) and then making your way upstream to the mills.
For navigating these areas - Nycank's advice of getting a Punj cannot be emphasized enough.

Good luck!

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Thanks Vaibhav,

Great advice. Yes, I will dig around Delhi a little more before heading "up stream". I was surprised when the Raymond's sales lady told me that their suits are cut and stitched in Bangladesh (if I remember correctly) and completed in one fitting!! Seems more than impossible for an up-market shop. The problem that I have with most of the expat. haunts is that, while they have some beautiful fabrics, the mark-up on the price of the cloth is very high and they tend to be spoiled by their regular flow of Shantipath clients.

Thanks for the suggestions re: delhi cloth markets.


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What is it you want ? A suit ? Two ? or is it a business proposition ? If the former, one or two or 1/2 dozen different ones; then my advice of going to Ludhiana, will probably be expensive. Even Chandni Chowk area tend to deal in thans.

Try INA Market, Lajpat Nagar, and West Delhi where old money lives - Forget SouthEx & ilk and Generation-W
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If this is what I'm after - is Delhi a place where compared to Australian clothing prices (which are beyond rediculous) I will grab a comparative bargain?

I'll be in Delhi for a couple of weeks starting 14 August (yes, a Sunday before a public holiday - how much difference will either of those points make?)

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If this is what I'm after - is Delhi a place where compared to Australian clothing prices (which are beyond rediculous) I will grab a comparative bargain?
Absolutely not unless you know the tailor and your product. If you're just visiting I'd advise purchasing in Australia as an expensive (it's all relative) but good-looking suit is preferable to a cheap rag that makes the wearer look like he's on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. Lots of shabby outfits out there. I can recommend Vaish at Rivoli (Baba Kharak singh marg next to the cinema on your left when leaving CP, be careful because there's another outfit on CP that delivers inferior quality). Expensive (500 to 1000+ EUR depending on the fabric) but top notch quality. Also had good experiences with a tailor on Khan market, left hand side when entering the parking area, it's the shop on the right, don't recall the name). Good quality for around 20000 Rs/suit.

I've yet to find a bespoke shirt maker that does a good and consistent job, usually have my shirts made in Europe, even at Vaish they fork this out and quality isn't what it should be at that price point.

Don't think you can find a Kiton-like quality suit at bargain basement prices, things don't work that way.
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Cool, I was looking to do the "made-to-measure suit over the internet" (good fabric, manufacture outsourced to "who knows where"), and cut out the internet part. I'm not suprised to hear the advice you've given, but it would have been terrible to hear that some guy right next door to my motel is selling fantastic suits all over the world from a website shop-front.
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If you know your fabric, then HKG is a better place to get a suit fitted. Again, the price point would be about 50-100USD lower than a Brooks Brother (NY store)
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+1 for HK and suits (but indeed only if you know your stuff). Don't order over the net, make it a holiday and check things out. While you're waiting for the tailor to deliver have a magnificent dim sum lunch (restaurant above city hall is very good) and spend obscene amounts of cash on jewelry for your significant other (I recommend chow tai fook jewelers) And if you don't find a tailor you like, do not despair as Brooks Brothers, Zegna, and indeed, Kiton (in the ifc mall. ground floor iirc) are present along with all the other designers.
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The thumb rule (ex JFK/EWR) is that 2 suits, +4 shirts and a pair of slacks will cover one's flight to HKG and a good R&R.
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Didn't intend to hijack this thread which was really about wholesale fabrics. Oops.

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