D. 36/267 Dasaswamedh Road
This place is the place to go for inexpensive brand name woollen shawls. Arjunji has been in the business for a long time and knows qualities of fabrics. Most of the fabrics have the factory label and the nicer ones even have a hologram attached for authenticity. His card says that he's a wholesale dealer in woollen shawls, blankets and other fabrics. His shop is located almost directly across the road from the entrance to the Vishwanath gullie. I've bought two shawls in as many years from Arjun and can vouch for his price and quality.
Owner: Parul Sah
Kashi Anathalaya Building, Maldhahya, Varanasi
Parul Sah has an eye for clothing design and it shows in the style of her shop and the clothing she sells. In Pratha you will find women's and children's clothes in the famous Jaipur block printing style on silk and on cotton. Hand made baskets made of leaves from Assam, Jaipur pottery, carved sandstone animals and block print blankets are several of the beautiful handicrafts found at Pratha. Are you looking for a purse to match a sari or a water proof shower bag for your toiletries? Parul stocks household as well as women's accessories. Stop by Pratha today and see what fashions Parul has designed for you!
Paraslakshmi Exports is the place to shop of you are looking for silk scarves and woolen shawls. Harish Rijhwani, the proprietor has been in the business since 1981. He supplies silk duvets/bed covers, silk table sets and silk sarees. His woolen shawls are all Pashmina from Kashmir. When you enter the shop (located in his house in Sidgiribagh) you will notice that the walls are lined with glassed in shelves filled with fabrics. A distinguishing mark of Varanasi culture is the service of Chai to guests and Harish is no exception. His immense knowledge of fabrics is displayed as he transitions easily from Hindi to English to French explaning all the differences in weave. Paraslakshmi Exports accepts all types of credit cards as well as cash payment. If you want to ship your products to another location on your journey he can do that as well. If you need a tailor, he has one on duty who can take your measurements immediately. Give Harish a call or just stop by. The auto-rickshaw drivers may say that his shop is closed, but don’t believe it! Harish does not give commission to drivers or guides so you can be assured you are getting a fair price for your fabrics.