Do you have the ‘big day’ coming up? Are you planning a trousseau that will have everyone “ooh”-ing and “aah”-ing about your unique sense of style? What are you waiting for – head straight for Hyderabad!
Even if you aren’t a big fan of retail therapy, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to buying all the accoutrements of your wedding collection at Hyderabad. Silk sarees from Kanchipuram, Dharmavaram, Gadwal, Narayanpet, and Pochampally for the traditional minded can be bought at cooperative weavers’ outlets like APCO or the Kanchi Weavers’ Society. Bigger outlets like Kalaniketan, Chandana’s, Kanchi Silk House, R.S. Brothers, Kalanjali, and Radhakrishna Silks offer a mind boggling variety of traditional silks embellished with gold and silver zari borders and designer embroidery.
For the contemporary woman, outlets such as Stanza, Brisah, Pitambari, My Choice, Mebaz, Roshanlal’s , Dayal’s, Tanya, and Rangoli offer couture collections of crepe, georgette, and chiffon sarees or lehenga-cholis that have brilliant hand-worked embroidery with exotic names like kundan, pitha, zardosi, or mokaish.
Are you the type who likes to keep it simple and wants eco-friendly wear? Not to worry – cotton sarees from Mangalagiri, Gadwal, Guntur, Venkatagiri, or Paturu can be comfortable yet stylish enough for wedding wear. Just pair them up with a dazzling embroidered blouse from any of the ready-to-wear designer outlets like Elahe, Ritu Kumar, Isshka, or Oorja.
If all this wasn’t enough, the old city area, known ubiquitously as Charminar, is home to a number of shops specializing in designer embroidery – just inquire in any of the shops around the Charkaman area and you can spend a pleasurable afternoon bargaining and selecting sarees for nearly half the price quoted at of designer boutiques.
What’s the foremost fashion rule? It’s all about the accessories! Pearl bangles or lac bangles set with semi precious stones, beaded purses, clutches and bags, footwear to match your traditional wear – all of these and more are available at Charminar’s famous Laad Bazaar. Its serpentine lanes belie the treasure trove of gold zari laces, pearl and zircon buttons, sequins and beads that it conceals. Footwear outlets like Zedd’s, Inc 5, Soles, the Loft, Hollywood, Regal, and Metro can help you make the right choice when it comes to spoiling your feet.
Were you among those who did their trousseau shopping at Hyderabad? Tell us your favorite shops to buy the finest garments from. What was the best piece you picked up and where did you get it? What are the bargains to look out for?