How to buy original Bengal saris in Kolkata

When it comes to sari shopping in Kolkata, you are spoilt for choices. While there are quite a few popular names in the city, like Adi Dhakeshwari Bastralaya, Sari Kutir, the other authentic brands are Tant Ghar and Manjusha.

One of my favourite places to shop in Kolkata is at the Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, which has a state emporium from every state in India. So, if you are hard pressed for time and shuttling between cities, Dakshinapan is an ideal place to hop by and pick up saris, kurtas and curios.

Bengal cotton saris, tant, tangail, kantha, silk and dhakai saris are available in all price range and vibrant colours.

I was on a short trip to Kolkata and had to shop for some cotton saris for people back in Kerala; they love Calcutta cotton saris owing to the climate there. One thing I have noticed that in Kerala, they wear their saris absolutely perfect, with every  pleat of the sari turned out perfect. So these Bengali cotton saris look perfect on their skin tones and especially the way they drape it.

Luckily for me, both Tant Ghar and Manjusha are available in Dakshinapan (both the shops are located side by side) and both had a sale during the festive season. I picked up beautiful tant cotton saris of ocher, blue, purple and magenta with lovely replica of brocade designs on the pallu and the border that added a tinge of glamour and the richness to the cotton sari. The price range is quit affordable between Rs. 999/- to Rs. 1,050/-.

Manjusha on the other hand had more humble and subtle designs on pink, mustard and bottle green, perfect for a day wear, nothing too loud. The price range for these saris was between Rs. 595 – Rs. 672/- perfect budget to take back plenty of stock to gift people.

Manjusha however, did not seem to have much stock as much Tant Ghar had, but I did notice that the other outlet of Manjusha in New Market had wonderful designs, though not a single shopper inside.

Of course, with globalization of fashion, even people in Bengal are now more open to new designs and fabrics than the regular Bengal cotton saris as they require some amount of maintainance like starching them and ironing them before wearing, else they lose their sheen and charm.

If you’re visiting Kolkata for the first time and not too sure where to buy original Bengal cotton saris, then Tant Ghar and Manjusha are safe bets. Manjusha is a Bengal Emporium, a Government of Bengal undertaking and so you’re assured of the quality and the value for money of your purchases.

I don’t doubt and deny that there are more and maybe better places to shop for saris in Kolkata, but somehow I have a certain faith in the Government or State run emporiums as I feel that I am in some way contributing and supporting  the artisans of the country.

Buying from designer outlets is fine, but at times I cannot fathom the price for a sari if it is way beyond one’s means, only because it is from a certain designer. So the next time you plan on buying a sari, you know at least two places where to go in Kolkata.

Manjusha (Bengal Emporium)
West Bengal Handicrafts Development Corp. Ltd
(A Govnt. of West Bengal undertaking)
Karuangan, Sector III, Block – 1B – 181, Bidhan Nagar,
Calcutta – 106

Manjusha has a branch in Dakshinapan and New Market.

Tant Ghar
Shop No. g-1,
Dakshinapan KIT Complex
Dhakuria, Calcutta – 700 068
Phone – 033-2423-7617

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Tanya is a graduate in Sociology from Sophia College, Mumbai, a post-graduate in Communications and Media from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai and holds a Master's Degree in Journalis & Mass Communications from Chandigarh University. A former writing mentor and a seasoned lifestyle writer, Tanya writes columns on The Lifestyle Portal of life and living.

9 thoughts on “How to buy original Bengal saris in Kolkata

  • hi I want buy that pink colour saree but there is no price how much?

    • Hi Sheela,
      Apologies for the same. We are not yet selling saris online. Please feel free to explore them on our website and revert.

  • anusha dixit

    Nicely narrated post. Thanks for sharing. Kolkata is famous for its silk fabric, namely the Tussar and Vishnupuri Silk. A typical look for Bengali women is being adorned in white saris with red borders, commonly called the Lal Paar Sari.

  • Hiii,
    you blog is so nice and given the idea of Indian saree. but need more specify .
    If you need a quality saree with latest designing fashion . you need to come in Balaram saha & sons Store in gariahat, kolkata. balaram saha is one of the best saree store in kolkata.
    In our store we have dhakai Jamdani saree, Matka silk Saree, Tusser Silk Saree, Khadi saree, Handloom Cotton /Silk saree , Fancy Dupatta, Fancy Stole etc. we are given the Online Support also. visit our web site – or call

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    • Tissy Tomy

      Could you pls send some pictures of Dhakai jamdhani cotton sarees…Pale yellow,peach,pista green,or any other pastel shades…Could you pls give your wats app # so that it will be easier!!

  • Tapan Kumar Ghosh

    Where shall i get good quality south indian sarees like kanjivaram etc.
    Tapan Ghosh

  • it was a proud moment for me when I first wore a saree by my mom. saree is a part of the beautiful culture of India. Thank you so much for your information. please keep us updated


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