Lakshmi is in an old Madras home in a quiet corner that has been converted to a boutique for sari lovers who are looking for something out of the ordinary.
A small garden with a small pond and lilies at the entrance adds an old world charm to this store. The shop is minimalistic in its décor and aesthetic in its appeal.
There are three rooms filled with Uppada, Banarasis, Kalamkaris, Jamdanis, Kotas, Kanjivarams and Khadis, all personally curated by Vani Polavaram, the owner. The Uppadas and the Khadi silks and cottons are designed and manufactured by her. She has also personally handpicked the other varieties from other sources. The textures, the weaves and colours are subtle and elegant. This store is not for those wanting to see ceiling high stacks of saris with endless varieties. The collection is limited.
The Khadi and Uppada saris start from Rs 10,000 apiece.
In addition they stock Kora silk, Matka silk and Kanjivaram silk cottons as well. One room also stocks brocade blouse pieces.
They will do the tailoring if the material is purchased from the shop.