A Visit to Sari Palace
According to my Indian friends, the best place to buy a wedding sari is at the Sari Palace in Berkeley. Eric and I will be attending an Indian wedding in October, so the push was on to find the perfect sari for the occasion. So with that in mind, I made a pilgrimage over the Bay in search of a treasure trove of silks saris.
The Sari Palace did not disappoint. From the moment I stepped through their doors, my eyes were met with a kaleidoscope of colors, textures and embellishments. The store had absolutely everything a woman would want to procure the perfect sari, the world’s most ancient surviving fashion statement. After all, the sari is said to be more than 5000 years old.
(One of my options. Please ignore the J. Crew top peeking out.)
The staff were warm and accommodating, especially the owner who everyone referred to as “Uncle”. He veered me away from the saris encrusted with sequins and bling (too nouveau riche I suppose) over to a section of the store that housed the finest hand woven silks in ravishing patterns and colors.
(The Sari that I chose!)
What I loved the most about visiting the Sari Palace is that I felt I had entered a club of sorts, where all the shoppers connected on such a personal level. There were brides to be, mother’s of the bride, wedding guests, and family members all more than eager to share details of their upcoming weddings and dish out advice on the proper do’s and don’ts when it comes to dressing in Indian attire.
The atmosphere was so ebullient that I thought the place would turn into a Bollywood set and we would all start singing and dancing.
Sari you couldn’t be with me to share the experience. Next time you’re in Berkeley be sure to check it out.