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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A New India Shopping Experience : Chennai - Madras Checks (I) - 24

Chennai (formerly Madras), the capital of Tamil Nadu, has come of the best shopping bargains. South Indian cottons and silks from Chennai and nearby Kanchipuram are some fo the finest in India. Not for nothing has the phrase "Madras Checks" become a synonym for the Kanchi cottons which is one of the best in Indian cotton fabric. The right place to pick up a wide range of this fabric is Chennai is the Co-optex showroom on Netaji Subhash Bose Road, quite literally the headquarters of south Indian handloom products.

Silks in an overwhelming range can be found at Park. On Anna Salai, there are several state emporium, of which Kaveri (Karnataka Emporium). Kairali (Kerala Emporium) and Poompuhar (Tamil Nadu Emporium) are the best. The Victoria Technical Institute, also located here, has a wide range of embroidered and crocheted linens made by nuns as charity work. These include children's garments with smocking embroidery. the store also stocks delicate cane work.

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