Shilpi (Alwarpet and Nungambakkam) is an iconic landmark for all shopaholics, especially those looking for a typical traditional clothes in the city. This 25-year-old boutique is as famous as the legendary Nalli’s (T Nagar) and Radha Silks (Mylapore), and has managed to maintain a steady stream of clientele over the years with its unquestionable quality.
Shilpi is home to a range of sarees, tops, salwar-kurtas, material, kaftans, home linen, stoles and bags. It’s their experimental designs and the unique material blended from two weaves—tussar combined with matka silk or hand-block silk designs, or a tussar and gheecha blend—that make them a class-apart.
In addition, Shilpi prides itself on showcasing traditional material and work from all over the country. They stock Bengal and Mangalgiri cotton sarees, Kalamkari sarees, Ajrak from Gujarat and the Pondhuri khadi sarees from Andhra. They also hold exhibitions periodically.
Besides sarees and stoles, cloth bags and salwar sets can be found here as well. They also have a variety of dupattas made from different materials be it the simple paisley-printed chiffons or the richly-coloured Maheswari and Bengal cotton dupattas.
For those looking for ethnic chic and not the run-of-the mill wear, Shilpi is your answer to all sartorial needs.
Corporation Shopping Centre, 29, CP Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet , Chennai | 24997526
1, Gee Gee Minar, 23, College Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai | 044 24997526
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