Nivi's Adventures

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Shopping!

Finally, the post that shows you what we spent most of our days doing!


Poring over some wedding saris

Up close. This is the headpiece of the sari, the bit which hangs over the shoulder and therefore the most intricately decorated part of the sari.

An indication of the selection of different saris available. The glass cupboards behind the counter are full of saris - and this is just one side, of one floor, of one sari shop! As you can probably figure out, we had our work cut out for us!

A fair few saris in each of the cupboards too - some of which were gorgeous. The exchange rate was 30 rupees to 1NZD (or 80 rupees to 1GBP) so even the most expensive saris were definitely affordable. I think it's the only time I've been shopping with someone who said to the shop assistant "dont worry about the price, bring out your most expensive pieces"!

Checking out more saris. There are chairs/stools in front of the counters for people that are in it for the long haul. And once it seems like you'll be spending some money, you're offered a drink - often a soft drink or the Indian classic, sweet milky tea, yum!

Mirrors on the ceiling! This shop did this so that you can look at a sari from a distance to get a better idea of what it looks like from afar.

Saris need to be worn with a sari blouse - more expensive saris usually come with the blouse piece, but if you need to buy one, you try and match the blouse piece to the sari. You can usually get quite a good match - look at how many different shade of green there are!?!

Mum with her head in her hands - sometimes choice is a bad thing ;)

Most of the shops had airconditioning, but we had to walk between the shops, which was extremely, extremely hot!

This is in Chennai (Madras) at night. It's not as hot as in the day but it's still quite humid, and the crowds increase because at night you all the work crowd too!

6 Comments:

  • Is that actually a photo of Nivi I can see in that mirror? So you really were there!

    By Blogger Pyotr, at 3:26 PM  

  • I know, I was a bit slack (OK extremely slack) about posing in photos. But I promise I was there ;)

    By Blogger Nivi, at 12:19 AM  

  • Wow! Shopping has never been such hard work! Good going guys, I hear you got Saris galore - one for most of us females! Thanks! :-)

    By Blogger Bex, at 1:25 AM  

  • Wow! Shopping has never been such hard work! Good going girls! And I hear you got a Sari for most females you know - nice!

    By Blogger Bex, at 1:27 AM  

  • Oops - that's why my comment hasn't shown up yet (and is probably going to show up twice later on!) - you are now screening our comments Niv! Ha ha! Oh well, you can ignore one of mine if you want then!

    By Blogger Bex, at 1:29 AM  

  • Lol, actually I didn't start off moderating comments, but one day I checked the comments and saw there was half a page worth of porn as a comment!!!

    It must have been random but it was still ick ick ick! Thankfully it was quite an old post so hopefully not many of you saw it!

    By Blogger Nivi, at 12:17 PM  

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