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Date: 6/13/07 8:25 PM

I am looking for a reliable source for reasonably priced Sari fabric. I belong to a dance troupe and we need probably 10 lengths of different colors. I have been looking online and at ebay and have found a few possibilities. Since this fabric will only be one element of the costume, it needs to be affordable. I know that is a relative term!! Any help in steering me in the right direction (or away from a bad experience!) would be appreciated.

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Date: 6/13/07 8:36 PM

While I have no personal experience with Sari, Threads just had a bit on this in their last issue. Here are the websites they listed:

AarnavCraft.com
ClassicSilks.com
ExoticIndiaArt.com
HomeIndia.com
IndianSelections.com
IndianWeddingSaree.com
Pochampally.com
SariSafari.com

At least these are some options. Good luck!!

Eve

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Date: 6/13/07 10:45 PM

Where in California are you? I ask because we have an area in greater LA called Little India. There are many sari shops and sari fabrics available there. It's approximatly at the 605 and the 90.

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Date: 6/14/07 3:23 PM

If you're in Northern California, I've heard there are many sari shops in Berkeley and I believe there are fabric stores selling sari fabric as well. I have not personally been to any, but I hear that they can be found on University Ave.

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Date: 6/14/07 3:47 PM

My guess is that anywhere around Silicon Valley is going to be worth a look for Sari shops. There are a LOT of Indian engineers working in the industry out there.

Another idea: unless you absolutely must have the decorative bottom edge (there is a name for this part, which I cannot recall) you might want to just look at some colorful Poly chiffons or cotton organzas/batistes from sale tables and add ribbon trim and/or beading/and or fabric painting to one end. There is a huge Indian/Pakistani/Bangladeshi community here on the North Side of Chicago and I run into far more S. Asian Women shopping for sari lengths of fabric at Vogue fabrics and Hancocks than I EVER encounter at the very pricey Sari shops up on Devon Street. If you are on-stage or in a performance setting, it's quite likely no-one is going to notice that you aren't using "real" saris.

Vogue fabrics might, on their on-line site, have some inexpensive, embroidered/metallic 2-3 inch wide ribbon trim you could use. They often have it in the store.

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Date: 6/14/07 3:58 PM

Another Idea--not so reliable, but maybe worth a shot, depending on where in CA you live and how soon/often you need these.

I have several very good thrift stores near me and they ALWAYS have saris mixed in with their fabric yardage or their scarves.

Worth regular looks, if you live in or near a city with a big immigrant population.

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Date: 6/14/07 9:21 PM

Hi Deb,

I am originally from India and I second the idea of getting inexpensive 45" wide fabric and making it look like a sari. Afterall saris come in a myriad of styles and fabrics and at all price points.

I have also given away saris to Salvation Army/ Goodwill etc in the past so that could be a good source.

In Southern CA, you could go to Pioneer blvd in city of Artesia - Little India as Marylynn mentioned. If you do go there, do bargain. I have found reasonable prices at Loveleen and Anuradha. I should confess though, almost all my saris come from India directly, I rarely buy them here.

An internet site I like is Utsav Saris. They are in India but they do ship here and have extensive selection.

http://www.utsavsarees.com/

HTH

kavita

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Date: 6/15/07 6:13 PM

Additionally, the JoAnn fabrics in my area (Seattle) has several sari-like fabrics in 45" widths...some are rather chiffon-y with a sari border at one salvage end.

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Date: 6/16/07 4:50 PM

I think tlmck3's idea of adding trim is great because you could use it to unify the look of the diffrently colored saris.

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Date: 6/18/07 4:37 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions! I had forgotten about that article in Threads - I will have to check out those links. A couple of us did order from Utsav plus two other sources (CBazaar plus one other that I don't recall right now). We are anxiously awaiting our purchases!

I am on the Central Coast of California and we did consider a road trip. However, with the cost of gas these days we opted to try online buying for now. Some of our other girls who go to LA or Northern CA to visit friends and family may opt to shop there in person.

Thanks again for all the input!

DebB

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