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Best uk place to buy a sari/saree?

(30 Posts)
Grumpysfirstwife Sat 09-Jul-16 18:19:45

My DD would like a saree/sari.
I've had a look on the usual sites (ebay/Amazon) but I don't really know what I'm buying so really could do with finding a shop or online store with very good customer service to answer all my probably very obvious questions.
Can anyone recommend somewhere?

Nksw Sat 09-Jul-16 18:36:14

Are there any areas nearby with a high ethnic minority population? A town near me has a high street full of beautiful things like this!

SuckingEggs Sat 09-Jul-16 18:39:24

Where are you?

MiddleClassProblem Sat 09-Jul-16 18:40:28

You're better going to a shop if you can

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Sat 09-Jul-16 18:40:53

have a look at Rupali ...have had a couple of things from them

Grumpysfirstwife Sat 09-Jul-16 18:41:24

I've not found anything in the neighbouring towns hence my post on here, maybe I need to travel further afield?

They are beautiful and I can see why she wants one but I don't know how to wrap/fit them or if I need a particular size or even undergarments. blush

yummytummy Sat 09-Jul-16 18:41:58

There's a website called which is good. Or like pp said if you are near an Asian area?

SealSong Sat 09-Jul-16 18:42:13

Bombay Stores in Bradford. An absolute Alladin's cave of all things sari and Asian clothing related. It's a fabulous place to visit - video


Grumpysfirstwife Sat 09-Jul-16 18:42:38

I'm in Staffordshire suckingeggs.

LadyStarkOfWinterfell Sat 09-Jul-16 18:44:28

How old is she and where will she wear a sari? Because if she's a teen/young adult, white and intends to wear it clubbing she should maybe think twice...

marcopront Sat 09-Jul-16 18:44:53

With a sari you also need a blouse and petticoat.

Can you get to Birmingham? There are loads of shops there.

marcopront Sat 09-Jul-16 18:46:35

Also they are not easy to put on and if you are not used to them they are not very comfortable.

usual Sat 09-Jul-16 18:47:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Grumpysfirstwife Sat 09-Jul-16 18:50:47

She is teenager and wants to wear it to a friends wedding and evening party. Also she is white but wouldn't wear it clubbing or anything it's for special occasions. She wore goth clothes for a while and has worn vintage too. She's really not into following the crowd, she wears things she likes the look of.

Rupali looks great thanks.

detectiv Sat 09-Jul-16 18:51:39

Agree, loads of choice in Leicester

Grumpysfirstwife Sat 09-Jul-16 18:52:41

Leicester isn't too far away, I may pop over in the week.

Thanks for your help grin

LadyStarkOfWinterfell Sat 09-Jul-16 18:54:50

That's cool, but she should be aware that some people might find it culturally appropriative. A sari to a non Indian wedding is a little odd. Maybe get some lovely sari fabric and have a dress made?

usual Sat 09-Jul-16 18:56:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Grumpysfirstwife Sat 09-Jul-16 19:01:12

Thank you.

ChocolateLocks Sat 09-Jul-16 19:03:16

You can get a cheat sari which has already been stitched and all you do it put the skirt on and wrap the loose material once or twice- no one would ever know. I second Leicester or Birmingham and rupali and Bombay looks.

pinkmagic1 Sat 09-Jul-16 19:10:13

Like pp have said, Rupali are very good. I have ordered abayas to wear when visiting family in the middle East and ordered some lovely cotton kaftan tops from them on a few occassions. They have more choice on line than in the Leicester shop and things have arrived very quickly.
Saris are beautiful and if your daughter has the confidence to pull off wearing one, why not.

Hippychickster Sat 09-Jul-16 19:13:18

I live in Leicester. There are loads of shops here that sell saris!

MiddleClassProblem Sat 09-Jul-16 19:15:20

There should be videos on YouTube that show you how to wrap it x

indianbackground Sat 09-Jul-16 19:28:28

This is pretty long but I hope helpful. My family are in Indian but I was born here. My mother wears a sari all the time. I've always worn western clothes. I happen to have a disability and wouldn't be able to put on a sari easily. However even my cousins who where western clothes and sometimes a sari have to be dressed by someone else. It takes a lot of practice. Takes my mother a couple of minutes herself and she uses one safety pin at the shoulder. it takes her at least 15 mins to put one on me, even though I know I know exactly how to stand. She is doing it "mirror image" - both of us will have fabric over left shoulder but I'm facing her when she is dressing me - i don't have DC. but I suppose like when you dress your child and are doing up buttons the "wrong" way.

Wearing a sari takes quite a bit of practice. As others have said she needs a long plain skirt that is tightened and the sari tucked in. You need to remember to pick it up when going up stairs, if you stand on a sari it will come off or tear if you have a pin (yes it was very embarrassing blush). As with a long dress you need to learn how to go to the toilet!

Your daughter will need a generally tight fitting blouse as well. Take care when buying a sari as sometimes it comes with a blouse piece attached. The idea is that you cut that off and the tailor will make you a blouse the right size. In India all of these shops will have a tailor and quite a few in the UK. Buy a light sari, some have beads which look lovely but are heavy and take getting used to.

There are now ready made saris. They look like a sari but are already made up in a skirt. I've been looking to buy one. I've found them quite expensive - mostly they are aimed at brides who are marrying an Indian and want to wear a sari for the wedding family occasions.

Saris are beautiful. If your daughter really wants to wear a sari maybe see if there is anyone at her school who wears a sari regularly (teachers or parents) who might let her try it (including dressing her!). you'd be there and perhaps a couple of friends or they could have an assembly at school which my mum did a few times.

An alternative is to wear a Salwar Kameeez - long trousers and a long top over it (as with saris there are a few ways to spell that.)

Grumpysfirstwife Sat 09-Jul-16 19:48:03

Thank you indianbackground. That's very helpful.
She is currently looking at the rupali website and periodically shouting out that she's found one. She is also looking at kaftans and suits but there's too much choice I think.

We don't know anyone who wears them so I'm off to watch YouTube videos.

Once we have ordered one (or 20 by the sounds of it) and its arrived I will get to work practicing putting it on her.

Rupali is amazing, I wish western clothes were as beautiful grin

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