Desi weddings are super fun. All those traditions and vibrant colors make a desi wedding the most anticipated event of any season. But these weddings come with huge stress and “wedding attire” is just another way of adding some more stress to bride’s life and everyone related to it.
While wedding attire is generally thought to be a pain in everyone’s life due to the crazy prices and designers k nakhry, you can save yourself from all the hustle by visiting local bazaars of Karachi. The quality of craftsmanship and intricate embroidery is similar to the work of the edgiest designers. Local bazaars in Karachi have got a wide range of attires from all over the sub-continent. Karachi is particularly blessed with craftsmen and cloth vendors. If you know where to look, you can find the most incredible fabrics and embroidery, with something according to your budget.
The embroidery that will cost you a fortune at a designer can easily be bought for a fraction of price from Jama cloth or Bolton market.
In terms of jamavar and brocade fabrics, Banarsi by Al-Raheem Brothers or Hilal Silk on Zamzama is your best shots. Both are eminently reliable.
Hilal Silk is another Karachi favorite. From all the kinds of cotton and khaddars, their range goes all the way up to fabulous Kathan and Kimkhwab silks.
Head to Kekhashan market at Schon Circle for a wider variety of exquisite embroidery. This market attracts the best kaarigars and offers some of the most intricate and costly embroidery as well as the latest one.
Ghosia market in Gizri is a great bet for a high-ended machine embroidery. A huge variety of lace shops, button and stone shops are waiting to blow your mind.The best part about this market is that if designers start using a particular fabric or technique, this is the first market where that fabric becomes readily available. Other similar markets include Gulf and Ashiyana.
There are plenty of markets that offer stuff in relatively cheaper rates, as the co-operative market in Saddar, where the price for a bridal lehenga starts as low as Rs20,000 markets where you can find gorgeous brocades at lower prices. It all just depends on what you are looking for.