Picking out cloth
A family friend was in from out of town and wanted to go sari shopping. I know nothing about this, but I asked around. We ended up at Rasi Silks (Wellawatte, off Hampden Rd), but there are a variety of places. To my knowledge there are numerous spots for the posh, and then spot rushes for the frugal. Personally, I think I’d recommend going to India.
Uh, I really don’t know, but the recommendations I got were Riththi, on Alfred House and then some place that has Satya Paul saris on Horton Place. And then Odel has a ‘Sari Bar’. I presume all those are expensive. But nice.
Then there are the street recommendations, like Main Street in Pettah, Orchard Street opposite Savoy, etc. Shops would be Ranjana’s in Pettah, Mandir in Wellawatte, and I suppose Rasi Silks would be on that list.
I’m personally not that impressed. I like the Tamil style saris but they’re a bit rigid and don’t always drape well. The best saris I’ve seen have been in Udappu, but I think they get them down from India. For weddings people tend to go there. I’m not convinced that Colombo is even that great for saris at all.
Picking out fabric, through fabric
Draping a sari
As always, full set on Flickr.