I don't discuss ethnic wear much on this blog because I wear it so rarely. I can do fusion but not a full-on Indian look, you know? I didn't even wear a saree to my school farewell party, everyone wears a saree to farewell.
But I have an Indian wedding to attend in December, & I decided that would be the day I first wear a saree. My mom has some nice ones, but the few I liked are a little too casual for a wedding so I decided it was about time that I got my first saree! *squeals*
After researching a few prominent ethnic wear stores in Mumbai, I decided to settle on Kalki. They deal in sarees, suits, lehengas & gowns. There are two stores in Mumbai- one in Santa Cruz & the other at Worli. I visited the latter.
First impressions as I stepped in the door? SO.MANY.CLOTHES. Hundreds? Thousands? I'm not sure. Even with the number of garments they have the place is not cluttered. I was spoilt for choice. The pink salwar kameez really caught my eye. It's unique & fun, with a dhoti type silhouette & a lipstick print on the skirt area. Perfect for a beauty blogger!
They do have some more casual, everyday salwar kameezes but the focus is on wedding sarees & designer sarees such as these Manish Malhotra ones.
Just a few of the lehengas.
I already mentioned that I had gone to buy my first saree & I wouldn't leave there until I had one. I already knew what material I wanted - raw silk! It falls as nicely as regular silk but is not too shiny. It's almost like cotton in appearance. The saleswoman was very helpful & fluent with English too, which is a big plus for me. I didn't get her name but if you go to the store I'm sure you'll meet her.
In the end I settled on a lovely pink, red & off-white raw silk saree. I really like it! I can't wait to show it to you guys, I just need to get the blouse stitched.
For those of you who aren't in Mumbai or even India, they retail on their website (kalkifashion.com) too & ship almost anywhere.
Kalki, Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai