Grandmothers and great grandmothers were familiar with the Rangachari Cloth Store. It was the store next door for Madurai sungudi cotton saris. This 70 year old store has the same store front that it had 40 years ago. There is no modern steel & glass interior here. It maintains the same facade and same look & feel. You have to remove your footwear before you enter the store. There are floor mats on which you sit and select the saris. The saris are stacked from the ground up and are neatly organized in various sections.
The ground floor has a selection of cotton sungudi saris. They stock both the 6 yards and 9 yards saris variety.
Madurai Sungudi is a cotton fabric and is a speciality of Madurai, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. People from the Saurashtra region in Gujarat, were traditionally producing this pattern using the using tie and dye (using natural dyes) method . Some of them eventually migrated to Madurai in the 16th century.
They also stock Mangalgiri saris, Venkatagiri saris, silk cotton & Kanchi cotton saris. The sareess are in the Rs 2000 to Rs 6000 range.
In one separate section, they stock dhotis for men.
In addition,they stock salwar kameez sets in the Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000 range on the first floor. There are also unstitched salwar kameez fabrics that are available. Fabrics in Kalamkari prints are available in beautiful prints. Kalamkari is the latest craze for blouses, kurtis and kameez.
Readymade lehengas, known as pavadais are available for little girls here.
Do visit this shop in Chennai for traditional South Indian (Madurai) cotton saris and Kalamkari fabrics.