Aptly called the textile capital of India – Surat is known all over the world for its beautiful and gorgeous Saris, the traditional dress of India. It is one of the greatest emporiums for sari trade in India. No wonder then, it is also a shopper’s paradise for every Indian woman who loves to drape herself in this classic and elegant 6 meter long cloth. Many of the textile markets here are wholesale in nature but some like New Bombay and Old Bombay textile markets are full of retail shops.
[ A View of the Old Bombay Textile Market in Surat ]
Enter in any of these markets and all you will see is different types of colorful saris – heavy silks embellished with delicate works of zari, crepes embroidered with elaborate threadwork, printed chiffons, georgettes and many more - all in unique designs and vibrant colors.
[ Beautiful Sarees stacked up for sale ]
If you bargain tough, chances are you will leave the market smiling with a good quality sari for a very reasonable price. We had entered the Old Bombay textile market just to get a feel of the sari shopping mania. When we left, my mother had her hands full!!
[ Colorful Sarees on display ]