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From traditional crafts to vibrant fashion, these are the best places for shopping in Chennai, India

The Purple Turtles

Collage

On the outside, it looks like any other art deco home in a leafy residential neighbourhood. On the inside, Collage surprises with its near-brutalist aesthetic and psychedelic artwork. But the juxtaposition – or “amalgamation of art, architecture and fashion” as founder Lata Madhu describes it – really works, acting as a launchpad for young brands that are reinterpreting age-old traditions within its walls. These include 11:11, which champions the use of heirloom cotton to create clothing such as natural-dyed denims and shibori drape dresses, and Divyam Mehta, whose fluid forms draw inspiration from modern art.

Osman Abdul Razak

For more than a decade, Osman Abdul Razak has used his sartorial sense to dress the city’s dandies. Known for his bespoke tailoring and matching accessories, this year he launched his ready-to-wear line of suits, jackets, shirts, waistcoats and pocket squares from his flagship store just off the Nungambakkam High Road.

Vivek Karunakaran

High-profile designer Vivek Karunakaran, whose label has shown at many a fashion week and dresses film stars and celebrities alike, is another Chennai favourite. His printed shackets and structured, coordinated sets are must-haves.

Madhubaniinspired motif at Kalpa Druma

Madhubani-inspired motif at Kalpa DrumaKalpa Druma

Kalpa Druma

Kalpa Druma’s flagship store in central Chennai is a maze of handcrafted products sourced from across the country: handloom curtains, block-printed napkins and quilts, bronze figurines, papier mâché masks, coir-bound stools, Thanjavur paintings, contemporary art and traditional games for kids – to list a few. If the stock can be overwhelming, the ever-patient staff are excellent guides. There’s also an extensive range of silks and a selection of organic oils, grains and bath and beauty products.

The Purple Turtles

A hike to the north is The Purple Turtles, which has a more contemporary take on home decor, with crafty wall hangings, handmade crockery, portable furniture and lighting – all at reasonable prices.