With Ganeshotsav starting this Friday, it’s time to welcome the elephant god. As families get ready for the festival, they also shop for traditional sarees and jewellery.
The nine-yard saree is the traditional costume for women. But with the changing times, fewer people are opting for this option. As a result, there are only select shops in the city that sell readymade nine-yard sarees or Navari sarees.
Traditional jewellery for the Ganpati festival
Shrikant Shalghar, owner of a 50-year-old shop in the city states that the demand for these sarees is the most in the month of Sharavan as there are a lot of festivals in that season. “Girls like to dress up in a traditional manner, especially in the holy month or on special occasions,” he says.
The ready-made Navari sarees are perfect even for children as young as two and costs Rs 330 while the larger sizes can be worn by everyone and cost Rs 850 onwards.
Traditional ornaments for the idol
The price depends on the type of the saree cloth (silk, cotton, etc). The Navari saree comes in three types: Bhramani, Peshwai and Lavani.
“The most popular type is Peshwai as it offers the best fitting and Lavani is in demand during college festivals”, adds Shalghar.
These sarees are made from cotton or silk. There are different types of sarees such as Paithani, Narayanpethi, Irakali, Ichalkaranji, Banarasi, Chanderi, etc, depending upon the material used and types of kanth and padar (border).
Ajay Jadhav, the shop salesperson at Kalpana Saree points out that it is cheaper to buy the saree material and get it stitched. “You can then get the colour and type of fabric that you want. Also, there are stores where one can get artificial jewellery in the Tulshibagh area alongwith traditional necklaces and earrings.
“We keep the Tushi (traditional necklace), Kaanbali (traditional earrings) and Nath (nose rings) which look best with the traditional saree. The range for this type of jewellery starts from Rs 100 to Rs 2,000 (for artificial ones) and up to Rs 50,000 (in gold and silver),” informs Manohar Kulkarni, from the Kulkarni stores at Tulshibagh.
At: Shalghar, Bajirao Road; Kalpana Saree, 169, Shanipar, Mandai Road, Budhwar Peth; Pratima Silks, Sadashiv Peth; Kulkarni stores in Tulshibagh, Bajirao Road.