While in the small town of Melukote, the main attraction should have been the towering old fort, but for me it was the khaddi!
I was so excited for this leg of the tour so it’s no surprise I walked off with 9 meters of the best cotton in India. The plan was to take it back to Goa where I friend of mine would help me make clothes out of it because tailoring clothes in India is one of the many perks of living here. And she did! Pics to follow.
Tailoring Clothes in India with Khaddi
Basically, lots of designers in Goa will make things on a per-order basis for you. There are tailors everywhere but you don’t know if they’re any good. I got 5 meters of a tan/brown, 1.7 of pastel green, and 1.7 of blue. I made 3 short dresses, 1 long dress, and 3 crop tops out of this and still had fabric left. I just show a design of something I already have and have them “copy” it.
In all, the cotton cost me only 1,400 rs or about 25 dollars. It’ll cost a bit to have them made of course, but you’re still ending up with a better deal than buying them in the store, it’s the finest cotton that’s handwoven, and it’s going to look just how you want it to. The best part, I got to meet the women making it and watch them work!
Ok, so here are the items I had made! based of some of my favorite clothes I already had. Remember, this cotton will shrink, so pre-wash. If it doesn’t fit quite right, you can get it altered more just work together with your tailor.
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