It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that when it comes to Indian ethnic wear, there isn’t any ensemble that squarely counters the beauty of the traditional sari. Whether it’s an elegant handwoven number or a family heirloom that doubles up as a symbol of pride, the six yard staple has continually proven its versatility as an outfit that can effortlessly take you from day to night, no matter the occasion. And with wedding season just around the corner, the time is perfect to elevate your ethnic game by adding some new drapes to your collection. But where should you shop from? Vogue rounds up the best sari shops in Delhi, from Chandni Chowk to Connaught Place, that you need to visit if you’re looking to flaunt newer, on-trend variants of the wardrobe essential.
Priding itself to be a brand that only supports handwoven and handmade garments, Ekaya helps empower artisans from all over the country, but especially Benares. Their saris are seeped in heritage, and feature various handloom textiles like khadi, jamdani and silk, among others. And they’ve won the celebrity vote too—leading A-listers like Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Kangana Ranaut have shown their support to the label through their personal wardrobes. Their Delhi store in particular is a must-visit, houses a collection of up to 900 handwoven fabrics, complete with signature patterns from their archives.
Address: D-7, Block D, Defence Colony, New Delhi. Website: Ekaya.in
Sanjay Garg of Raw Mango is best known for his work in the handloom industry, and for giving age-old crafts a contemporary twist. Garg works with artisans from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Benares who create handwoven saris in feel-good fabrics—a perfect heirloom piece for every woman. Bollywood celebrities such as Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut are often spotted in the designer’s creations.
Address: Angoori Badi, Farm 2, Road AA, Ansal Villas, Satbadi, Chhatarpur, New Delhi. Website: Rawmango.in
Roliana – The Benaras Splendour
Founded by Roli and Vikash Mehra, Roliana is an ode to the timeless textiles of Benaras. From their shikargah woven silk sari to their toosh tussar sari, each garment is painstakingly woven by artisans. Roliana’s parent company, Roshan Lal Sarees Group, were pioneers of Benarasi textiles in India, and have also been associated with international brands like Elie Saab and Ralph Lauren in the past.
The New Delhi branch is by appointment only. Visit their Facebook page for details
Meena Bazaar was established in Delhi back in 1970 as a small space that only stocked printed saris. Today, the brand has stores in most major cities of India, and has expanded its offerings to include other ethnic wear ensembles as well. From Benarasi silk saris to georgette numbers woven with khadi, take your pick from their luxe collection of saris.
Branches open across Delhi. Website: Mbz.in
One of the most renowned sari shops in the country, Nalli was originally founded in Chennai in 1928. Now, the label can be found all over the country, with three stores located at popular shopping spots in Delhi. Specialising in silk saris, Nalli works with fabrics like Uppada silk, Chanderi silk cotton and Kanchipuram silk among others, and also has a collection of linen saris in store that is ideal for the blazing summer heat.
Branches open across Delhi. Website: Nalli.com
Archana Saree Emporium
Sari shopping is incomplete without a visit to the famous Chandni Chowk. But instead of squandering time browsing individual shops, drop by the well-known Archana Saree Emporium for a range of drapes.
Address: 1850, 2nd Floor, Main Road, Opposite Haldiram’s, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi. Website: Archanasareeemporium.com
A trusted name in the Delhi sari circuit, Kalpana’s story with weaves started four decades ago. With an aim to blend in age-old crafts with contemporary styles—think Benarasi motifs in Kanjeevaram weaves—the label has proudly created an identity of its own in the capital.
Branches open across Delhi. Visit their Facebook page for more details
Founded in 2004, Pratham’s specialisation lies in handcrafted saris that feature the Rajasthani art of Pichwai among other folk and tribal art forms. The label is best known for their bright, colourful collections of handwoven and hand printed saris.
Address: J-1 Udyog Nagar Industrial Area, Near Peeragarhi Metro Station, New Delhi. Website: Shop.labelpratham.com
Sponsored by the Government of India, the Handloom House—run by the All India Handloom Fabrics Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd—works with over one lakh handloom weavers and artisans who deftly weave saris in cotton, silk and linen.
Address: Handloom Marketing Complex, Janpath, New Delhi. Website: Handloomhousedelhi.com
Founded in 1980, L’affaire works with age-old crafts such as wood block printingand embroidery to decorate meticulously handwoven fabrics like khadi, Benarasi, Chanderi, linen, Kota, Maheshwari and Gadwal.
Branches open across Delhi. Website: Laffaire.net
This Delhi-based label is an ode to Benares, and handcrafts exquisite weaves reminiscent of the city. Support the handloom industry by picking from their selection of intricately handwoven saris, featuring details like traditional gold zari.
Address: 87b, Shahpur Jat, Siri Fort, New Delhi. Visit their Facebook page for more details
If history fascinates you, drop by Torani’s store to browse through handcrafted ensembles that borrow inspiration from Indian mythology and tales of nostalgia. Take your pick from Chanderi tissue saris and cotton silk saris that come with hand-embroidered blouses. And did we mention Kalki Koechlin is a fan too?
Address: 110, Shahpur Jat, Siri Fort, New Delhi. Website: Torani.in