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Hello everyone, I am new to this forum. I would like to know where to find good chiffon or silk sarees in chennai? Thanks.
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There are dozens, if not hundreds (and maybe even thousands!) of shops where you can buy all sorts of silk saris.

My favourite is Nalli's, in T Nagar. Within a stone's throw you will find the several other big sari shops in Chennai. In other places, you will find smaller shops, some of a more boutique nature, some extremely expensive.

Overall, though, my vote goes to Nalli's!
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Pondy Bazaar has a few good shops, some fabulous chiffons. My wife bought a few absolutely beautiful & unique designer chiffons from Chintamani's in Pondy Bazaar. Good prices, fixed prices generally so no "haggling" margin added in!
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A less overwhelming experience than T Nagar can be had at Rasi Silk in Mylapore, near the Kapaliswara Temple main gate.
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hi saundra.
pothy's has got a fine collection of chiffon, raw silk, georgette, tussar and modern silk sarees but nali's is really good for tradional kanchi sarees
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Nalli's has everything! ...as well as being good for Kanchipuram silk

Another of my favourites is RmKV.

The big T Nagar silk shops: Nalli, Pothy's, Kumaran, The Chennai Silk, RmKV... All wonderful places.
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Actually Nick-H we didn't find Pondy Bazaar overwhelming, partly because we had a lunch "break" at Saravana Bhavan! Most of teh stalls sell tacky plastic stuff but I found the flower sellers fascinating. Our "markets" here are so sterile & ordered by comparison & are just an extension of retail outlets so was a very different experience.

My wife designs & sews dresses so always hunts out fabric in the oddest of places. So no tacky souvenirs for us, just bits of fabric, scarves, lace, buttons, shoes, handbags, etc. All tell a story!
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Pondy Bazaar, as one might expect of a Bazaar is full of such tacky things. The big silk and gold shops of T Nagar are a different kettle of fish altogether. Head further along the road!
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Kanchipuram is the best place to buy silk sarees, the quality is much better and the prices are also very competitive, but i think kanchi is like 2 hrs drive from chennai,
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Kanchipuram is a couple of hours drive from Chennai. If you go there you may get the opportunity to see saris being woven. However, I do not think you will be able to buy anything that you cannot get in Chennai. I've heard that the prices are lower in Chennai.

Kanchipuram silk is a particular, rather heavy-weight, weave, with its own range of traditional designs. It's a specific taste; I love it, some may not!
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Being a newcomer and also due to the fact that choices are in plenty you might get confused. However I go with Nick on his advice.

If you go to T.Nagar, stick to Nalli and even Kumaran Silks for that matter which is located a few stores from Nalli. The advantage with Nalli / Kumaran for a new shopper is, when you enter a particular section, you can actually move from counter to counter ( Ascending order or desceding order price wise ) which would be easier to make a decision.

Rasi Silks in Mylapore is equally good so also their Son's store Sundari Silks on North Usman road. At Rasi and Sundari you would get to experience a personal touch with the Owners.


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Choices in chiffon are not plenty in Chennai, but do try some of the stores mentioned.

A couple of other places that may have some more choices are RoopKala and a store called Moksha on Cathedral road. If you are adventerous and would really want to hunt some "lower priced" (less price means it may have some synthetics mixed) options then try Sowcarpet, I don't know of any store personally, but ask around and you wil be pointed in the right direction.
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One has to be very adventurous to take on Sowcarpet/Washermanpet --- although you would find clothes shops by the hundred.

My wife and I went there a couple of years back to buy cloth/saris for workers etc. Mrs N found, later, that she could have got just as good stuff, just as chep, in our local shops!

(of course, it is sowcar-pet --- but I like to think of it as sow-carpet! )

Nungambakam is another area which is good for fashion/boutique stuff, and another individual shop, which I have never been in, but like to look in the window (the prices keep me outside!) is Shilpi, in C P Ramaswamy Road.
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Smile Rmkv

my personal choice is RMKV i find the silk to be of good quality there. though it is just my opinion. and soukarpet is more for north indian style saree for ppl who want to buy north indian style sarees in chennai. it comes with bargain as well. though i found, Roopkali in Nungambakam also good.
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I associate RmKV with the beautiful picture embroideries on the palu --- although I'm sure the other companies do them as well. We went to enquire, one day, because I wanted Mrs N to have such a sari with peacocks on it, but they told us that they make them to order only. Instead, we bought a beautiful hand-painted peacock sari, for about Rs1500.
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