is a very well known shop in Chennai. It is a fairly large & spacious store.
There is an interesting albeit limited collection of sarees in Shilpi. The collection includes Kota sarees with chickan work (from Lucknow) embroidery,Matka and Tussar silk with block prints in geometric designs, georgette and crepe sarees with unique soft prints and Zari borders and bandhini sarees from Rajasthan , Bishnupuri sarees and Gadwal sarees . The Kanjivaram sarees and silk cotton sarees that are manufactured in TamilNadu are more prominently displayed in Shilpi and the collection is good. There are Chanderi sarees and ikat sarees ,,,,, sarees at Shilpi are quite distinctive .A variety of saree blouses and blouse materials with plenty of embroidery and stone work is also available.
If you are not too keen on a sarees ,you can take a look at the cotton ,silk cotton salwar suits with organza dupattas.. There are unstitched salwar suit fabrics as well. Shilpi has a fantastic range of fabrics in cotton , Chanderi and Benarsi. Also on display are ikaat skirts ,short tops and jackets .
Other attractions include beautiful small purses and stringed small bags matching the saree color. They also stock fashion and ethnic jewellery such as bead necklaces, bracelets and earrings. We also found costume jewellery that is generally worn by Bharatnatyam dancers .
Shilpi was originally started by Arundhati Menon almost 30 years ago.