Shop the best ready-made blouses in Kolkata
Draping those six yards of fabric is almost a rite of passage in some Bengali homes – and the blouse remains a key part of this experience. He’s almost an unsung hero who lets you fly in your comfort zone.
While native fabrics and details like zari and quilting are always in demand, finding the right ready-made blouse can be a real ordeal, especially if you’re in a rush. While Gariahat, Dakshinapan or New Market are famous for their classic selections, some independent labels in the city are turning things around and producing fierce ready-to-wear choices that grab the attention of everyone from fashionistas to stars.
Parama Ghosh left a ten-year career in law to found his eponymous label in 2015 and it is paying off. Parama’s sarees are nothing less than art on fabric and even Tollywood is quite impressed with the brand.
âOn a blouse, you have about 50 cm of space to tell a story and it is very difficult. It’s very easy to tell amazing stories, but I wanted to tell the stories of the mundane and ordinary things that we see every day, âParama shared. The label is best known for its cheeky Bengali pop culture motifs and lyrics.
One of her recent editions (made in collaboration with Chhapa) is an ode to famous women and features the Malala-inspired hooded blouse that allows the wearer to cover their head, like Malala.
Store n Â° 6
If you’re looking for ready-made, last-minute blouses, this Instagram store is the place you should be looking. Almost all of their blouses come with pre-fitted cups that ensure a good fit. You’ll also notice dramatic sleeves, daring deep collars, dreamy florals, and tie-up blouses in gorgeous fabrics.
Dora by Phoenix
Dora by Phoenix by Kakali Biswas and Priyama Chowdhury focuses on the Bengal loom and the brand’s brave cocktail blouses are already a hit. You will also find classic choices that can be paired up and can save you a lot of time in a fashion emergency.
âWe believe that a blouse can make or break a saree. A matching good or one, on the contrary, can completely change the look of any saree, âsays Biswas.
This Dakshinapan store is already a cult favorite with saree lovers. Aranya has a diverse and contemporary selection and most of their blouses are also suitable for work. You’ll notice shirt collared blouses, halter and boat neck options, and even quirky jackets that can be worn with sarees. Aranya’s blouses are made from breathable hand-woven fabrics, so they are perfect for every season.
Launched by 23-year-old Moumala Banik in 2019, Akashlina offers stunning design elements in blouses. Attention to detail is what sets them apart, whether it’s the neckline, the sleeves or simply the diversity of the fabrics.
âWe started with the gamcha fabric and it paid off. He gave us our identity. And now we are chasing the dream of working with purely hand-woven jamdani, âBanik shares.
Mohor is another gem of Dakshinapan, a paradise for saree lovers who need blouses to wear on a daily basis and are looking for a wide choice.
They have a good variety of sleeveless blouses and detailed sleeves, all created from hand-woven fabrics. They continue to source new designs and fabrics, which is great for buyers who don’t like to recycle the same choice.