Festive season is here almost
The festive season of India starting with Navratri, Durga Puja and Diwali is here. The idea of this post came in when I decided to look for gifts for my family back in India. Given the current economic crisis in India due to the pandemic, the ones hit most are the ones at the grassroot. The craftsman, the weavers, the potters and many other people. I thought how about we I look for websites that allow me to buy clothes from sustainable Indian fashion brands in India sitting in the Netherlands. I absolutely didn’t want to buy from big corporations – though I know my job of looking for the right clothes, to delivery, shopping and returns is the easiest while buying from big known corporations.
Why such a post
That’s when I posted a question on my Instagram stories last week and was overwhelmed with the response. I decided to just keep the responses as a highlight on my feed but realized it has to be more than that. A post with my experience of shopping from some of the websites that you recommended and some that I found are interesting to look at in the future.
I know my website is all about food but mostly about Indian food and that’s why I decided to just add one blog post to celebrate the beauty of Indian craftsmanship and handlooms and help you make better shopping decisions this festive season like me.
What can you expect in this post
Below are some of my favorite websites that I gazed upon for hours. I have also added a huge list of websites recommended through the Instagram Q&A. I have added a section if these websites allow International shipping etc. Please let me know if there are more websites that I need to add to my list in the comments section below.
Suta – https://suta.in/
Suta is the journey of two sisters, Sujata and Taniya thus the name Su and Ta – Suta, who started spreading their love of sarees and apparel through suta.in. Every product is carefully crafted by local handicraft and craftsman by working on it for hours. The dedication is visible in every product of theirs. They also have their own podcast series – Musings of Suta.
I got a Jamdani saree for my mother 2 weeks back and it got delivered last week and she loved it. Fun fact – I asked her to guess the price of the saree and the amount she quoted was much higher than what I paid, which says a lot about the quality of the product.
Shipping – Rs.150 within India and free for orders above Rs.7500. International shipping is Rs.2500 per order.
Shuffling Suitcases – https://shufflingsuitcases.com/
Shuffling Suitcases is a community of people who strongly believe in the idea of sustainability. It is a celebration of brands that value their roots and ethics. It is an idea – of giving a voice to the #HandsThatMake and letting them speak through their art. It is an effort- of creating a community of like-minded people who care about talking about things that really matter.
Shipping: Shipping is free of cost within India and international shipping is possible as well ofcourse at a cost.
Amrapali Boutique – https://www.amrapaliboutique.in/
Started in 2012 out of sheer passion to make a difference in how fasion is created and consumed. It was started by one passionate women and soon joined by her family and a small team. They have abundance of weaves, prints, embroideries from across the country.
Shipping within India is free. Not sure of the international shipping but payment via credit card is an option on the website.
Gocoop – gocoop.com
gocoop is India’s first national award winning marketplace which connects artisans, weaver co-operatives and clusters directly with consumers across the world. we enable sustainable livelihoods for artisans by ensuring fair prices to them, and authentic handlooms and crafts to you.
I ordered a shirt, pant and a kurta for my brother 2 weeks back and he loved what he received a few days back.
Shipping – within India and internationally is available.
Fab India – https://www.fabindia.com/
One of the oldest known brand into sustainable fashion in India for the last 60 years. Fab India is India’s largest private platform for products that are made from traditional techniques, skills and hand-based processes.
Fab India links over 55,000 craft based rural producers to modern urban markets, thereby creating a base for skilled, sustainable rural employment, and preserving India’s traditional handicrafts in the process. Fab India’s products are natural, craft based, contemporary, and affordable.
I got a tussar kurta for my father which he loved. Though the size that he received was a little bigger than expected they agreed to exchange it within a week over just a phone call.
Shipping – within India for orders above Rs.1000 is free. For International orders flat rate of USD 20 for orders below USD 100. And anything above that is free shipping.
Prathaa – Prathaa.in
Prathaa which in Sanskrit means tradition, is a website that celebrates exquisite handcrafted fabrics that emerge from the heart of India and breathe, flow and speak of the country’s textile heritage. The brand believes in nurturing and preserving the Art and Weaves of India. It creates easy to wear, distinctive and appealing contemporary fusion fashion. They have women, men and great kid’s wear as well.
Shipping – Shipping within India and internationally is a possibility as well. Though I don’t see a credit card or Paypal option on their website. You can get it delivered internationally only if you hold an Indian bank account maybe.
Farida Gupta – https://faridagupta.com/
Great sarees, kurtis and men’s collection. I have been said that the packaging of the product is something that the consumers look forward to as well. So let me know if you have been a consumer and share a photo of the packaging with me.
Shipping – Free within India and international shipping is free for purchases over 90 EUR
Hashtagazhagi – https://hashtagazhagi.com/
HashtagAzhagi as a brand represents a traditional and yet contemporary style created by passionate people to make handloom collection accessible for you. Founded in 2017 by a passionate women to bring across the rich colors, patterns and textures of Indian handloom. Azhagi in Tamil language stands for a beautiful girl.
Shipping: Shipping within India costs Rs.180. International shipping is possible but at a very high cost. Credit card and Paypal payment options are available.
Tamara Chennai – https://tamarachennai.com/
It is a quaint little store in the heart of Chennai with some rich textiles. Beautiful handloom collection – dresses, kurtas.
Shipping – within India takes 2-3 days and international shipping takes around 5-12 days. Credit card payment option is available.
Rustorange.com – https://www.rustorange.com/
Their idea is to bring contemporary design inspired by Indian artwork for ‘The Indian Modern’. Exquisite designer collection are available at affordable prices. Perfect for kurtis collection.
Shipping: within India for prepayed order is free and Rs.100 for cash on delivery orders. International orders are charged Rs.2500 per order for a maximum of 4 products.
Hastavem – https://www.hastavem.com/
Hastavem stands for Handloom in Sanskrit. They started in 2016 and have been bringing the best of the handlooms to common man.
Shipping – within India is free but they don’t have any international shipping yet.
Listing down other website recommendations for clothes (in no order of preference):
- Studio Virupa – https://studiovirupa.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Chettinad Thari – https://www.chettinadthari.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Roopkatha – http://houseofroopkatha.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Chidiyaonline – https://world.chidiyaa.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Rangsutra- https://rangsutra.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Margazhidesigns – https://margazhidesigns.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Thejodilife – https://thejodilife.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Itokri – https://www.itokri.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Okhai – https://okhai.org/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Chakori Ethnic – https://www.chakoriethnic.com/ (International shipping to only a few countries)
- sampradaa collections – https://www.samprada.in/
- Swaravow – https://aboutswara.com/
- Howrahbridgebyadg – https://www.instagram.com/howrahbridgebyadg/
- Rose Hip – https://www.instagram.com/rosehip_by_archanaduseja/
Some brands for not just clothes:
- House of Ekam – https://www.houseofekam.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Vajor – www.vajor.com
- Fizzy Goblet – https://global.fizzygoblet.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Needle Dust – https://www.needledust.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
- Manjha – https://mymanjha.com/ (Ships Worldwide)
Last but not least I would like to mention the Finland based start up by my old friend Pukhraj Ranjan which is aiming at sustainable art by Indian artisans by bringing their products here in Europe.
You can check her website and new collection at – https://www.moinamaste.com/
The list of websites mentioned are all crowd sourced and not a sponsored post. Please add in your recommendations in the comments below and if you happen to buy anything please let me know too.
Together we can make a difference to the lives of the Indian artisans. Hope you also would like to share this article among your friends living in India and abroad so that together we all can make a change.