India Today - - SIMPLY CHENNAI -

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

TEL 28111695

HK RA­JASHEKHAR/ www. in­di­a­to­day­im­ages. com

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