- 06 Jun 2016
- Fathima AbdulKader
One fine Sunday I go to a wedding in the family. I am working my stylish readymade Salwar and the worst imaginable thing happens- I see a girl wearing my exact same outfit! The rage of looking “mass produced” I felt at the moment, fuelled me to swear off readymades forever. If you are like me and prefer to choose fabrics, embellishments and design your own outfit head on down to these stores around the city that can cater to your designing needs.
For the Ladies:
Habeeb Towers, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Opp.Maharajas College Ground, Karikkamuri, Shenoys, Kochi
Phone: 0484 236 0101
10am - 9pm
An all purpose fabric shop to meet your designing needs, Milan Design has the same number of designers as sales people to help any client with their custom designing needs.
Address: 12th Cross Rd, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Kerala 682036
Phone: 0484 319 1619
10am - 8pm
Owned by one of the renowned designer in Kerala, De Fab is a boutique that also sells fabrics and embellishments by the meter. You can also get custom handworks done if your design requires it.
Address: Panampilly Nagar Ave, KV Nagar, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi, Kerala 682036
Phone: 0484 231 0762
Threads Clasilks is an earthy boutique that sells ethnic prints and natural fabrics like cotton and jute along with traditional jewellery. Their principle is ‘less is more’ and you will find elegant formal options here.
Address: Convent Junction, Market Road, Kochi, Kerala 682011
Phone: 0484 237 2727
Level 10 is a favourite for the college going crowd of Kochi. The shop is filled with colourful and on trend prints and is also easier on the pocket. They have enthusiastic sales people who are always there to help you decide what border would go with that net fabric that could have a print lining to keep things trendy.
Address: Opp. Catholic Syrian Bank, Press Club Rd, Marine Drive, Ernakulam, Kerala 682011
Phone: 0484 307 1825
Set in Convent Road (the material hub of Kochi), Cameella Boutique is yet another designer store that also sells fabrics. You can design your dream outfit with the help of in-house designers.
Address: Shalimar Chambers, Convent Rd, Ernakulam, Kerala
Phone: 0484 236 5442
One of the first popular stand alone fabric shops, Garden Store catered to boutique owners and tailors. The variety in fabrics popularized this shop in a short time among the larger public as well. They have many options in borders, laces, embellishments and materials that will have you wanting more.
For the Men:
39/4810 Tharakan Building,Near Sony Centre, Ravipuram, M.G.Road, Kerala
Phone: 0484 2370808
9.30am - 7pm
A linen brand from Aditya Birla group of fabrics with backing by Rohit Bal. With over 11 outlets in Kerala Linen Club is the go to fabric shop for most men in Kerala. Fresh cottons, printed linen and more, they also have their own tailoring unit.
Address: First Floor, Shop No. 33, Abad Nucleus Mall, Pandavath Rd, Shastri Nagar, Maradu, Ernakulam, Kerala 682304
Phone: 0484 393 2629
10am - 9.30pm
A linen fabric brand that can be traced back to 1912 Ireland, Club Burgoyne is a brand for those who prefer their clothes to be made to perfection.
And if you want to keep your options open, head down to the readymade textile shops where you can get readymade outfits or have the option to shop for fabric.
Address: Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Ernakulam, Kerala 682035
Phone: 0484 411 2233
The house of silks has more to offer than ever. Seematti stocks everything from exquisite bridals to delicate innerwear. In fact, choosing between Seemati and Jayalakshmi is one of the most impossible things that a Kochiite can do. Their fabric collection is also one to look to in times of fabric shopping needs and is a popular destination in Kochi for locals and visitors.
Address: Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Shenoys, Kochi, Kerala 682035
Phone: 0484 429 9999
9.30am - 8pm
One of the much-loved textile shops in Kochi, Jayalakshmi is usually looked to for sarees. The shops however, have a large collection of fabrics that can be bought by the metre.The multi-storied establishment is on the list of many tourists and caters to many wedding shopping parties.
Address: P.B.No.1774, Mahatma Gandhi Rd, Ernakulam South, Ernakulam, Kerala 682016
Phone: 0484 237 4175
10am - 8.30pm
Parthas is the go to place if you have to do wardrobe basics shopping such as plain skirts, palazzos, cotton kurtas etc. They also have an extensive collection of daily wear fabrics at affordable prices on the ground floor. They have seperate floors for mens wear, sarees and kids fashion.
Words: Fathima Abdul Kader
Images: Various Sources
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