It’s hard to believe that Kalpadruma was once only a small export centre selling handlooms from Kerala. Today, there’s little sign of their modest beginnings in their elaborate showroom on Cathedral Road, which is one of the best places in town to pick up traditional, classy outfits for both men and women. The handicraft section of the showroom has been reinvented from an erstwhile South Indian house. Items on retail here include everything from organic food, home textiles, handloom and garments to exquisite jewellery.
Here you can find kurtas, saris, dress materials, wrap- around skirts, stoles and tops in pleasing earthy colours. All the garments are handcrafted and hand- woven in cotton, silk and linen. The block prints and the Kalamkaris are the best sellers here. The handicraft store is a must- visit if you’re looking for distinct gifting options – the finest collections include exquisite blue pottery on ceramic reed diffusers, tea sets, jars, mini planters, bowls and coffee mugs. While looking for handicrafts, also make it a point to pick up their set of funky jute coasters. Brass idols are another highlight here and range from the size of your palm to life size displays.
WHERE Cathedral Road, Kanakasri Nagar, Gopalapuram
COST Rs 20 for Haathi chhaap bookmarks to Rs 25000 for a large wooden Krishna