7 Fashion Stops For Great Bargains In Lajpat Nagar's Central Market

Central Market in Lajpat Nagar can seem a tad overwhelming to the uninitiated, but here's the good news—if you go there with a clear plan of which stores to hit, you can come return home with bountiful spoils at a good price.

#LBBTip: There ain't no space here for the timid; put on your most aggressive bargaining face if you want to do more than just have a look-see.

KC Creations

Photo courtesy: K.C. Creations

It's a fabric fiesta in here. If HP Singh in Nehru Place is too pricey for you and the lanes of Chandni Chowk too far, KC is an excellent middle ground.

They're well-priced for fabrics, and have a giant range spread over three floors. Cottons, blends, prints, 3D, geometric patterns, tie & dye, Aztec, tribal, brocades, silks, chanderis, and phulkaris—you'll find everything you need here. They also seem to have a penchant for Masaba and Manish Arora rip-offs!

Fair warning: The owner and his staff have a reputation for being rude to their customer, but don't let that bother you.

Contact: +911129834864

The Prakash Collection

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Hands down our favourite store! They specialize in borders and trimmings and house any and every kind you can think of. Think borders that are Sabyasachi-inspired, phulkari, kundan,zari, Rajasthani, Parsi, cutwork, Swarovski-encrusted and laser cut.

Venture into their basement, a treasure chest for studs, stones, beads, pearls, collars, resources for DIY necklaces, and every type of button and zip.

Istri Vastra

Photo courtesy: Istri Vastra

Tucked away in the corner of a bylane, Istri Vastra has little to no branding, two openings, and is easy to miss. It's a fairly popular store, though, so asking around always proves fruitful. We especially recommend their line of white fabrics; we rather like their neon collection too. From chikan work, white-on-white detailing and delicate laces, to funky neon prints and georgettes, they've got everything.

Contact: +911129834103

Vikas Matching Corner

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Vikas specializes in matching parts of an outfit together, fromkurtis, salwars and dupattas, to churidarsand skirts. All you've got to do is arrive with any one of the above, and they'll match all its counterparts. What they lack in friendliness they make up for in usefulness.

You can put together an outfit from scratch too, but their line of clothing is very basic and understated, so we recommend arriving with one statement piece, so they can pick neutral basics to match to it.

Contact: +911129835797

Ghoonghat Dupatta

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Vastra's next door neighbour, Ghoongat makes buying Indian clothes a lot easier, allowing versatility with its exhaustive range of patiala salwars and dupattas that you can mix and match.

Their chunnis are available in a range of colours and styles, including the ever-popular crinkled variety with gold piping, the simple chiffon in solid colours as well as attractive block prints.

Contact: +911129843939

Salwar Lane

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Opposite 3C's Cineplex, this lane has on offer a massive range of pre-stitched, semi-stitched, and unstitched salwar suits. They stock salwar suits primarily in cottons, crepes, georgettes and other basic, lightweight fabrics. Although there's a lot of mass-produced stock of not the greatest quality, if you sift carefully, you can get lucky with some great salwar pieces for everyday wear.

This lane also houses many tailors and dyers for quick alterations or dye jobs.

Jooti Stalls

Photo: Anand Mohapatra

Bang opposite KFC, stalls number 12, 13 and 14 are Lajpat Nagar's hotspot for juttis, kohlapuris and other Indian-inspired flats for men, women and children. The stalls offer more or less the same in terms of design, styles and price ranges. Expect a lot of thread work, cutouts, solid colours and embellishments

There does exist a certain competitive streak between the three stores, so if you're in the mood for some theatrics, you can feign disinterest in one to get yourself a better rate at the next one.

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