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Top ChoiceFashion & Accessories in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Kalki

Dazzling, jewel-coloured silk and cotton fashion, as well as accessories, incense, oils, scented candles, handmade-paper trinkets and more, mostly made at Auroville, where there's another branch.

Top ChoiceTextiles in Chennai (Madras)

Nalli Silks

Set up in 1928, the enormous, supercolourful granddaddy of Chennai silk shops sparkles with wedding saris and rainbows of Kanchipuram silks, as well as silk dhotis (long loincloths) for men.

Top ChoiceBooks in Chennai (Madras)

Higginbothams

Open since 1844, this grand white building is reckoned to be India's oldest bookshop. It has a brilliant English-language selection, including travel and fiction books, and a good range of maps.

Clothing in Chennai (Madras)

Fabindia

This fair-trade, nationwide chain sells stylishly contemporary village-made clothes and crafts. Perfect for picking up a kurta (long shirt with short/no collar) to throw over trousers. This branch is the brand...

Clothing in Chennai (Madras)

Chamiers

On the ground floor of this popular cafe-and-boutique-complex, Anokhi has wonderful, East-meets-West, hand-block-printed clothes, bedding, bags and accessories in floaty fabrics, at good prices. Elegant Amethyst...

Antiques in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Geethanjali

The kind of place where Indiana Jones gets the sweats, this antique shop sells sculptures, carved doors, wooden chests, paintings and furniture sourced from Puducherry’s colonial and even precolonial history. It...

Clothing in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Fabindia

Going strong since 1960, the Fabindia chain stocks stunning handmade, fair-trade products made by villagers using traditional craft techniques, and promotes rural employment. This branch has wonderful cotton and...

Shopping Centre in Chennai (Madras)

Phoenix Market City

Chennai's newest, most luxurious shopping mall hosts all the big-name Indian and international brands and chains, from Chanel and Zara to Bata, Lifestyle, and Global Desi (plus the city's original Starbucks). The...

Fashion & Accessories in Chennai (Madras)

Amethyst

Hidden away in a revamped warehouse surrounded by tropical greenery, Amethyst stocks luxury Indian fashion with ultracolourful contemporary flair. Downstairs, there's a dreamy flower shop and an insanely popular...

Handicrafts in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Green Shop

Run by Kotagiri's Keystone Foundation, this fair-trade, organic-oriented shop sells gorgeous tribal crafts and clothes (including Toda embroidery), and wild honey harvested by local indigenous farmers.

Clothing in Chennai (Madras)

Fabindia

Founded in support of traditional village crafts, the nationwide Fabindia chain stocks elegant textiles, fabrics, linens and clothes in all kinds of colourful Indian prints. This branch also sells the more modern...

Clothing in Chennai (Madras)

Fabindia

In a beautiful old building, this popular outpost of the fair-trade, India-wide Fabindia chain sells all the usual attractively contemporary, village-made crafts and clothing, plus homewares, accessories and...

Fashion & Accessories in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Anokhi

A sophisticated Jaipur-born boutique popular for its beautiful, bold block-printed garments with a traditional-turns-modern twist, and gorgeous colourful bedspreads, tablecloths, scarves, bags, homewares and...

Fashion & Accessories in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

LivingArt Lifestyles

Breezy, boho-chic, block-printed dresses, skirts, trousers and crop-tops in fun-but-fashionable geometric patterns (all handmade at Auroville) sit side-by-side with beautifully crafted saris from across India.

Fashion & Accessories in Chennai (Madras)

Anokhi

Tucked inside the ever-popular Chamiers shopping-and-coffee complex, Anokhi deals in gorgeous, well-priced, East-meets-West, hand-block-printed clothes and accessories.

Fashion & Accessories in Auroville

Kalki

This branch of Puducherry's much-loved Kalki brand sells gorgeous, kaleidoscopic clothing, along with oils, incense, soaps, jewellery and handmade paper products, most of which are made at Auroville.

Clothing in Chennai (Madras)

Amethyst Room

Elegant Amethyst Room brings a colourful upmarket twist to the Chamiers-complex shopping scene with its beautiful Indian-design couture.

Arts & Crafts in Chennai (Madras)

Naturally Auroville

Colourful handicrafts and home-decor trinkets, including bedspreads, cushions, incense, scented candles and handmade-paper notebooks, all from Auroville, near Puducherry.

Clothing in Chennai (Madras)

Fabindia

One of Chennai's bigger branches of this much-loved fair-trade fashion, accessories and homewares brand, a bit out of the way in the southeast of the city.

Arts & Crafts in Kodaikanal (Kodai)

Re Shop

Stylish jewellery, fabrics, cards and more, at reasonable prices, made by and benefiting marginalised village women around Tamil Nadu.