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Friday, November 5, 2010

Where to shop for Sari in Singapore

Labels and stores where you can find traditional costumes and modern Indian flair.

Traditional Indian Costumes:

Pure Earth: 02-48 The Centrepoint
This store stocks a line by Indian desigern Rashmi Gogn called The Goddess.  Designed specially for festivals and traditional occasions, the outfits are made of rick silks in vivid colours and with intricate embroidery.  Prices start from $229 for traditional outfits, while embroidered tops are priced at $79 and printed shift dresses go for $159.

Minora Centre: 202 Serangoon Road
This store offers saris and blouses for the festive season.  If you are looking for something special for parties check out the saris by Indian designer Neeta Lulla, who has designed for Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai.  Prices start from $150.

Modern Indian Costumes:

Mantra : 02-29 Mandarin Gallery
You will find cocktail dresses by local designer Sabeena Bani Ahuja with Indian elements such s embellishments, draping and embroidery here that sit will in any contemporary wardrobe.  Bejewelled bibs are priced at $150, short dresses start from $180 and long embellished dresses are available from $350.

Style Mart : 149 Selegie Road
A mix of traditional saris and contemporary cocktail dresses and gowns under local designer Kavita Thulasidas' label, Asian Women.
Traditional costumes also come with contemporary details such as crystals, halter-neck tops and tie-dye effects.  Tops start from $350 and cocktail dresses from $500.  Bangles start from $48 and earrings from $32.

Cot:lour Kraf : Quintessential, 02-01 Pacific Plaza
As its name suggests, the trademark of this Indiqan accessories label is bracelets in kaleidoscope of coloured jewels.  Unique designs include bangles with crystals that are more than double the standard size. Prices start from $29.

Isharya : Quintessential, 02-01 Pacific PlazaThis jewellery label by San Francisco-based Radhika Tandon and her Bombay-based sister-in-law, Gauri Tandon, is a mix of Bollywood glmour and cool Californian style.
Think gleaming yellow gold necklaces and chandelier earrings in vibrant colours like orange, turquoise and gold.  American celebrities Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore are among its fans.  An 18k gold-plated necklace with agate stones is priced at $979, while a matching bangle costs $659.

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