Firstly, Nalli, the world famous silk store, has been in existence since 1928. They started the shop in T Nagar and have been expanding their business in the last 84 years. The trust and loyalty placed on them is unmatched and their prices are unbeatable. This Chennai shop is in the same location for the past several years. The old style Madras (Chennai) house is well worth a visit.
While they are world renowned for their Kanjivaram silks, saris from other States are also available in this huge store.
The ground floor has saris of the following varieties; Benares cotton, Kanchi cotton, Madurai cotton, Bengal cotton sarees, Patola, Gadwal sarees and some other varieties of sarees as well. Each saree is available in a distinct section. There are several salespeople who will help you around.
Silk sarees are woven in towns such as Arni, Dharmavaram towns in addition to Kanjivaram.
They have come to be known as Arni & Dharmavaram Silk sarees.
The silk saris come with real zaris borders that are woven with gold thread borders. You can also look out for saris that have just one side borders.In addition, there are saris in soft silks, polyester, georgette and crepe. The saree variety is endless and there are sarees to suit every pocket for every occasion.
There is a section for blouse materials and ready made blouses too. The ground floor has a good selection of fabrics. Cotton, polyester, silk, IKAAT, – You can mix & match to have a very different kind of blouse.
You can also shop around for dhotis and shirts for men.
Nalli was the original silk saree shop in Chennai. Shopping in Chennai for silk sarees meant visiting the Nalli stores. Consequently, it was always crowded.It is still crowded now.
There are several other shops that have come up in the last 10 years.
Nalli has a big branch in Luz shopping market as well.