Textile has a deep rooted connection in making Mumbai to be known as the financial capital of India. The textile industry was a one of its kind modern sector that was a catalyst for commercial growth. The maximum city was said to have over 100 cotton mills. But the unfortunate Great Bombay Textile strike of 1982 led to the shutdown of most of these mills. Fast forward to the present and as we reminisce on National Handloom Day, we cannot help but ponder how most of these mills have been renovated or revamped, but they simply cannot make up for the loss of traditional handloom making that served as employment to many households.
But nevertheless, Mumbai is still a hub to many textile stations that sell affordable fabrics to tailor. These markets spread across the city provide a means to maintain the legacy of owning custom made clothing for every occasion. Let’s take a walk through these lanes in Mumbai that provide inexpensive fabrics even today.
An iconic fabric point for over 100 years is situated as an integral part of the famous Crawford market has over 19 entry points for the crowd that it caters to. Mangaldas has an OCD way of dividing its shop lanes according to the type of silhouette you’re looking for. Some of the stalls here even sell at a wholesale rate which is perfect for occasions that require fabric in bulk.
Location: 66, Kantilal M Sharma Street, Lohar Chawl, Kalbadevi.
Mulji Jetha Market
Another oldie goldie for over 130 years, Mulji Jetha market is best known as Asia’s largest textile market, located near the famous Zaveri Bazaar. With a wide variety of fabrics available it is similar to Mangaldas. Even Dhirubhai Ambani was a regular patron of the market, buying textiles in bulk for export purposes.
Location: Zaveri Bazaar, Kalbadevi.
Also known as Dadar’s saree market, Hind Mata is a bustling space for clothing available at wholesale rates. It gets pretty crowded on the weekends hence, plan in advance for an early shopping day. Bulk buying is bound to get a hefty discount here. You can find all kinds of fabric here, especially traditional Indian looms.
Location: Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Dadar East.
This one may look like a readymade garments destination but as you delve in deeper into the lanes, it is one hell of a fabric destination. Right from 200 GSM raw silk fabrics to simple lining fabric, the shops at Gandhi Market have an array of choices for you. Do note that the market is shot on Mondays and most of the stores accept only cash.
Location: Namdev Koli Marg, Sion.
It is one of the best places to find festive garments, shoppers around suburbs flock here to explore special handloom couture at the best price. Be it even the smallest of accessories that go on a creation, this place is ought to not be missed for those in the tailoring business.
Location: Malad West.
Kurla Kapda Bazaar
Also known as Chindi Market, Kurla Kapda Bazaar is great if you’re shopping for fabric on a budget. The availability of fabric at a cheap price need not mean it’s of the best quality. It is advisable to be vigilant while making your purchases.
Location: Near Kurla Station, Station Road, Kurla.
It is a one stop destination if your plan to have a big fat Indian wedding. It is a mandatory market to explore for those interested in traditional Rajasthani attire on a budget. If not that, then do not miss out on its Narvratri fashion abode!
Location: BMC Market, Bhuleshwar Road, Marine Lines East, Panjrapole, Bhuleshwar.
If fashion is on your mind and you wish to create some modern couture, Elco Market also known as Hill Road market is a must visit. The best sellers here include cotton, satin and lace fabrics. These are a staple since many Catholics flock here for wedding gowns and bridesmaid attire.
Location: Hill Road, Bandra West.