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With the wedding season about to begin in earnest in December, a substantial number of people are frequenting Saddar’s Paradise Market looking for wedding essentials, be they quintessential sherwanis, vibrant lehengas, ornate jewellery or eye-catching wedding decorations.
Of trousseaus and more… While Paradise Market may not boast of glitzy malls and haute couture, it is the ideal venue for people who want to buy good quality wedding attire at reasonable prices. The Market is particularly well-known for the expertise of the karigars who have set up shop there and who can create bespoke ethnic embroidered pieces featuring gota zari, dabka, kamdani and zardozi, customised according to the wearer’s needs. Readymade clothing is also available for people who are pressed for time.
Don’t forget to haggle… If you do your homework regarding prices, and remember to haggle (it is the norm there), you can walk away with dazzling clothes that are Rs 20,000 to 30,000 less expensive than what you will find at high-end designer stores.
Wedding doo-dabs… Paradise and the adjacent Mehboob Cloth Market provide the essentials that no mehendi or mayun is complete without. These include colourful gift wrapping paper, fluorescent paper trinkets, fairy lights and decorative baskets. All this in addition to draperies, handicrafts made of brass, silver and marble, shoes, and of course, an exhaustive variety of fabric.
All that glitters… With gold prices increasing rapidly, antique jewellery has had a revival with kundan pieces at the top of many brides’ wish-list. These can be bought at the nearby Sarafa Bazaar, where intricately woven rings, chokars, jhumkas, bangles, jhoomars and tikas made of 22 and 24-karat gold, studded with precious and semi precious stones, are also available in equal measure for those who want the ‘real thing’.
In a nutshell… Paradise Market offers great options for people who don’t want to sacrifice style and splendour despite being on a budget.
– Ayesha Shaikh
First published in the Real Estate section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on November 3, 2013.