Textiles of Delhi

If you're into fabric and you're going to India, bring an extra suitcase - the textiles are just that good.

Today, I wanted to share some pictures from this textile wonderland and pass along info on a few favorite shops and sources.

The best place I found for cottons, brocades, sari borders, ribbon, plus scarves and stoles was the Central Market at Lajpat Nagar. The food carts here are also really good, so come hungry (but bring your own napkins - greasy fingers + fabric = sad).

For brocades, be sure to check out the upper floors of KC Creations (shop #4). Their shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with every possible color and pattern of brocade, and the prices are amazing. They also have great deals on cotton/silk.

Another great shop at Lajpat Nagar is Sethi's Collection (Shop 41A). They specialize in trims, ribbons, and sari borders. Their collection of beaded trims is not to be missed.

The Central Cottage Industries Emporia are a great place to pick up textile gifts, especially for friends back home. Each region of India has its own shop. Prices for equivalent textile items were higher than at Lajpat Nagar, but the Emporia have lots of unique items I didn't see anywhere else, including hand-knitted socks from Assam, and gorgeous reverse applique and embroidery from Rajasthan.

When you travel, where are you favorite places to find textiles and handicrafts?