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Shoutout to all Shopaholics: 5 States in India That are Textile Heaven!

Shoutout to all Shopaholics: 5 States in India That are Textile Heaven! indiaroots

India is known for its rich culture and resplendent range of handicrafts. Each region boasts of textiles that are woven and completely exclusive to that area. Find out where to shop!

Shoutout to all Shopaholics: 5 States in India That are Textile Heaven!:

  1. Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
  2. Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Resort, Kutch (Gujarat)
  3. MTDC Holiday Resort Aurangabad, Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
  4. Red Fox Hotel, Hyderabad (Telangana)
  5. Jharkhand

Day 1. Kanjivaram from Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

Kanjivaram from Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
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Kanchipuram, named after the city in Tamil Nadu is famous for their Kanchipuram (Kanjivaram) saris. The South Indian version of the Banarasi, this heavy sari is perfect for elaborate functions.

What makes it different: Woven from pure mulberry silk

Buy Kanjivaram saris at: P.R Krishna & Sons or Varamahalakshmi

Where do I stay? GRT Regency

V K  Kumar: Ideal location on Gandhi road, the main commercial street of Kanchi, and in the vicinity of all temples. It is in the middle of Big Kanchipuram and Little Kanchipuram.

What else can I do here? Spend your time visitng ancient temples and the stunning heritage sites. 

Find out where to get the best Kanchipuram sarees

Day 2. Bandhani from Gujarat

Bandhani from Gujaratsource: holidayiq

Bandhani is a tie and dye done on mulmul fabric from Gujarat. Travel to Kutch to get the best of this fabric produced in the country straight from where it is made by rural artisans.

What makes it different: The technique of tie and dye that produces patterns typical to Gujarat

Buy Bandhani at: Kutch Bandhni Centre

Where do I stay: Shaam-e-Sarhad Rural Resort, Kutch

Sandeep Nair: It is an excellent theme resort that gives you a feel of rustic rural life. We stayed in a family mud cottage. The cottage was spacious and had an attached bathroom that was very clean. Because it was a mud cottage, it was very cool inside. Food served is typical Kutchi cuisine and there was folk music performance by the local artists.

What else can I do here? Visit the Salt Desert, Fossil Park and try the local cuisine! 

This is how you can get rest after a good day’s shopping!

Day 3. Paithani weaves from Aurangabad

Paithani weaves from Aurangabadsource: aurangabad.nic.in

Fabric made from zari and silk, this type of sari is named after the town Paithan and is a very rich and intricate sari.

What makes it different: The intricate patterns of peacocks, flowers, swans and parrots are characteristic of this sari.

Buy Pathani saris at: Mughal Silk Bazaar, Aurangabad

Where do I stay? MTDC Holiday Resort

Niharika Modi: This resort is located at a prime location in Aurangabad. This resort is located in vast place and staff are good, though don't expect much as during high occupancy room service can stay affected. There are many tourist location around Aurangabad like Ajanta and Ellora caves, Daulatabad Fort etc.

What else can I do here? Visit the Ajanta and Ellora caves! 

Find your way to the Mughal Silk Bazaar!

Day 4. Ikat from Pochampally, Hyderabad

Ikat from Pochampally, Hyderabadsource: fabric

This dyed and woven fabric is made using silk and cotton and is at least a century old. The geometric patterns are great for both ethnic and western outfits!

What makes it different: The yarn is dyed and the fabric is then woven according to the dyed pattern.

Buy Ikat at: Handloom Park in Pochampally

Where do I stay: Red Fox Hotel, Hyderabad

Ananya Roy:  I found the food average. Nothing outstanding. However, the room was really comfortable and I would choose Red Fox again as it gave me good value for money.

What else can I do here? Visit the Charminar and Goldkonda fort!

Discover 100 year old secrets!

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Day 5. Tussar silk from Kharsawa district in Jharkhand

Tussar silk from Kharsawa district in Jharkhandsource: wikimedia

Has a deep gold colour, is a lighter silk and is also called ‘Kosa silk’. It is light and can be worn both casually and formally.

What makes it different: It is made from silk worms that breed not on mulberry trees but on local ones like Saja and Arjun!

Buy Tussar at: Jharcraft, Ranchi

Where do I stay:  The Chanakya BNR Hotel

Adriza Sengupta: This hotel was constructed during the British Raj to accommodate specially the British Officials. So it gives a combined feeling of historical as well as modern amenities. It is one of the best places to stay while in Ranchi with lot of space, nice comfortable rooms, especially the old wings in ground floor adjacent to the lawns & friendly staff offering decent service.

What else can I do here? Visit the national parks and the Dassam falls! 

What is so special about Tussar? Find out!

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