This summer, tuck away those thick denims in your wardrobe and invest in ethnic but trendy Patiala salwars. Cool and comfortable, the salwar is a big hit young women in the Capital, especially the college-goers. Readily available in the city’s markets, this loose cotton lower garment is available in all hues and prints.
This market has rows of shops, selling Indian ethnic wear for women. Shops — both glitzy and roadside ones — stock up various types of Patiala salwars. Visit Snuggle Time for the pocketed variety that comes in various hues and block prints, priced at Rs 490. Another shop, Shehnai, is known for its collection of printed cotton Patialas. A combo with a cotton dupatta is priced at Rs500 and the one with the chiffon dupatta at Rs 700. Check out Sabhyata for semi and full Patiala (Rs 399). Lakshita also has a huge range of the garments.
If you are looking for a good bargain, then this is the place for you. Only two styles of Patiala salwars — semi and full Patiala in plain and printed fabric — are available here. A decent-looking salwar will cost you anything between Rs 200 to Rs 300. Try Dass Di Hatti for the plain variety in pastel shades and Johny Garments for the printed ones.
Greater Kailash-I,N Block Market
Usually flocked by the students from Lady Shri Ram College during day time, this niche market offers a wide variety of Indian ethnic wear. A favourite shop among college girls is Cotton India — a wholesale and retail shop. Check out the Patiala salwar with khadi print here for Rs 325. Plain Patiala in solid colours is available at Rs 275. For the brand-conscious ones, there is Fab India too. A printed salwar here is available for Rs 890, whereas you can own a plain one for Rs 560.
Kamla Nagar Market
The market is a favourite hang-out place for Delhi University’s north campus students. Besides cool western wears, you can also find trendy ethnic clothes at reasonable price. Check out the collection at Vrinda. The shop was established more than five years ago and the owner claims that eight out of 10 girls from Delhi University’s Law Faculty wear Patiala bought from here. A full Patiala comes for Rs 450, while the printed ones are for Rs 500. In Kamla Nagar, don’t forget to check out the the road-side garment vendors — their range may vary from Rs 200-300.
For the authentic Patiala-made salwars, visit this outlet, run by the Punjab government. From laced to the lehriya (diagonal stripes in two colours) ones, the shop has a variety to choose from. You can own a lace Patiala salwar for Rs 850 and a plain one for Rs 650. The shop is mostly frequented by tourists and foreigners.
What is a Patiala salwar?
Originally called the ‘pattian wali salwar’, this lower garment was the royal dress of the king of Patiala. Its stark resemblance to the Pathani suit made it a menswear; but over the years, it is largely being worn by women all over India. Since it was mostly worn by the royals, it is also known as ‘Patiala Shahi Salwar’. A full-flared Patiala salwar is stitched in about 4.5 metres of cloth.
Lajpat Nagar: Anything above Rs 250. Not all shops here encourage bargaining
Sarojini Nagar: Quoted price: Rs 250. Bargain price: Rs 200
Greater Kailash-I: Anything above Rs 275. Bargain in GK?
Kamla Nagar: Quoted Price: Rs 350. Bargain price: Rs 275
Phulkari: Above Rs 650. It’s a fixed-price shop