Chickpet – the saree shopping paradise in Bangalore. Yes, I discovered it finally. After two years of living in this city, it is a little late, but I'm glad I finally did. This long narrow lane called Chickpet is in the heart of the old Bangalore city, with hundreds of small shops on both sides. All the shops claim to be genuine silk dealers and the two words Kanchipuram and silk society occur in almost every other shop's name. For a first timer there like me, it can be a little overwhelming and confusing to decide where to go for saree shopping. If you really need a comparison, picture Chandni Chowk in Delhi or Teen Darwaza in Ahmedabad. Personally, I love shopping in old city markets and I don't really mind the crowd as long as I can breathe and there is enough good stuff to look at.
Coming back to Chickpet, I can safely say that the sarees here are definitely cheaper than the shops on M G Road, but you have to be careful as a lot of sarees sold as silk sarees are not genuine silk. I went there looking for some soft cotton sarees and I bought four of them. I would highly recommend this shop called Ashok Silk House in Chickpet. They have been in this business for more than 40 years and have maintained a low profile shop. The guys there are really patient and gladly show you their entire collection without forcing you to choose. They have a mindblowing collection of both cotton and authentic pure silk sarees. The sarees are modestly priced and it is a fixed priced shop, so you dont have to worry about wasting time in bargaining. Oh and they also accept cards. (Some of the shops in Chickpet, dont). Their address is #200, 1st floor, Chickpet and they are open on Monday-Saturday from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. Unfortunately, Sunday is a holiday. You can contact Mr. Bharat on 9886408362 or (080) 22873926 for directions.
These cotton sarees were priced at around Rs. 350.
And these have light embroidery on them. Priced at Rs. 550 only!