Madurai: Good place to buy a sari?

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A friend of mine is going to Madurai in January and I have asked him to bring me back a sari from there.

Where is a good place/market to send him to buy a sari?

I was thinking I wanted something silk and woven because that is what comes to mind for me when I imagine South Indian saris. What kind of sari is special to Madurai or that region? Do South Indian saris come with a blouse or will that have to be matched separately? The sari should be dress-up casual, like to attend a dinner party, not a wedding. What would the price range of such a sari be?

My friend is not Indian but he will have an Indian friend there to guide him, but I would like to be as specific as possible with my request so that my friend doesn't have trouble finding my sari.

Thanks for your help.
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luckyfatima,

Madurai has a variety of sarees to offer. A very special type is called Sungidi. They are pure cotton, with or without silk/jari borders. Blouses are sometimes part of the saree itself, but it is not always the case. Sungidi sarees are not very costly. Range from as low as INR 50 to INR 2000.

Silk sarees are also from Madurai region. Too many varieties to count here. Again blouse pieces may or may not be part of the saree itself. Prices range from low thousands to several thousands.

If you have a local friend, I'll suggest travelling to a town called Paramakudi (about 75 kilometers from Madurai enroute Rameshwaram - about 80 minutes by bus). There you could walk into weaver's homes and choose your choice, for prices ranging from few hundred to couple of thousand. You avoid all intermediaries. Hundreds of houses and silkweaver socities are there for you to see and choose. This will fit your casual requirement perfectly.

Going to a shop will always cost you 3 to 5 times the weaver home price.
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Thanks so much for the info.
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Hi Fatima,

The easiest and best place to buy sarees in Madurai would be at Pothys. Their Chennai shop is rocking and they have opened up their Madurai branch recently. Check the below site for more details. You can even buy online without troubling your friend.

http://www.pothys.com/

Raghu


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Originally Posted by luckyfatima View Post A friend of mine is going to Madurai in January and I have asked him to bring me back a sari from there.

Where is a good place/market to send him to buy a sari?

I was thinking I wanted something silk and woven because that is what comes to mind for me when I imagine South Indian saris. What kind of sari is special to Madurai or that region? Do South Indian saris come with a blouse or will that have to be matched separately? The sari should be dress-up casual, like to attend a dinner party, not a wedding. What would the price range of such a sari be?

My friend is not Indian but he will have an Indian friend there to guide him, but I would like to be as specific as possible with my request so that my friend doesn't have trouble finding my sari.

Thanks for your help.
S.Raghu Kumar
sahana_kumar@yahoo.com
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Excellent, thanks so much.
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Hi Fathima,

Actually I didnt read your post completely. Here are my answers to the rest of the queries.

If you want a casual yet Gorgeous looking saree then you can go in for a Printed Silk or a Tussar Silk. You can get a good Printed Silk for about 1500 to 2500 INR( 30 to 50 USD )

Both Printed Silk and Tussar Silk are light sarees and not heavy as the Original Silk Saree and can be easily draped and would look elegant for a get together or dinner meet.

Hope this helps,

Raghu

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#7 Dec 16th, 2009, 15:45
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The below mentioned folks are all old timers and will have excellent collection of sarees

1. Rajmahal
Ph: 0452- 2622647

2. Sundaram Textiles
Ph: 0452- 2345152

3.Sri Aashapura Saree Center
09943117725

4.MM Lakshmi Saree Centre
Ph: 0452- 3298771

5.Sri Sakthi Sarees
09789789892

6. Smk Murugan Sarees
Ph: 0452- 3209486
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So much choice. Thanks again.
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sing sing sing
sing saree sing
can saree sing ?
saree can sing

sashaying saree

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‘Swaramadhuri’, a ‘singing’ silk saree embedded with eight micro-speakers on its border, has caught the fancy of many traders down south.

Conceptualised by P Mohan, a small-scale designer of Dharmavaram town in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantpur district, the saree has a small iPod at the pallu, which can play as many as 200 songs continuously for four hours.

A 2-GB memory chip is used to support the iPod on the saree. Mohan toiled for two months to come out with this unique design and now the unusual piece has generated a lot of interest and curiosity among silk traders in South India.

B Datta Shiva, the entrepreneur who has purchased the rights of the saree, said “orders are pouring in from showrooms in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh for the supply of the attire.” “It took nearly a month to make one saree. Ten members of our unit continuously worked and finished it,” Shiva said.



am awaiting them singing chaddis
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Hi sdsudarsan, a good piece of information for IMikers. It is good to purchase something direct from weavers, which is not only good for buyers but great for the sellers also. Thanks a lot.
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so much for bomping the thread with new info




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Originally Posted by brishti View Post so much for bomping the thread with new info




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Thanks for posting that interesting tid bit Brishti.

Never seen nor heard of a singing sari before. Not for me for sure, but undoubtedly there must be ample demand to generate supply ................
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