Looking to buy traditional Indian clothes for Deepavali or a special occasion? We check out the best shops in Singapore and online to buy all kinds of Indian dress from boys’ kurtas to lehengas for girls
Deepavali the Indian Festival of Lights is almost here (12 November 2023) and whether your child has a special celebration at school, or your family is looking to celebrate the Festival of Lights at home it’s a fun reason to upgrade your Indian dress or buy traditional Indian clothing for your kids! Deepavali is the biggest Indian festival of the year and it is tradition to wear shiny new clothes for this important celebration. Ready to get shopping? First, let’s take a look at what the different Indian ethnic clothes consist of and where to find all kinds of Indian dress in Singapore and online!
Psssst! If celebrating Deepavali is not part of your culture but you still wish to take part in the festivities and wear traditional Indian dress, it is important to do so respectfully with an understanding of the culture.
↓ Scroll down for all the best spots to buy traditional Indian dress in Singapore!
Traditional Indian Dress for Girls
When it comes to traditional Indian dress for girls, you have two options:
Salwar Kameez – drawstring or elastic pants with a long tunic top. This Indian outfit often comes with a dupatta (shawl), which is usually better suited (and easier to handle) for older girls.
Lehenga Choli – The lehenga is a long flared skirt with a top (can be a crop top style or longer) and is usually completed with a shawl.
Traditional Indian Clothes: Kurtas for Boys
For boys, depending on the event, you can buy a silk or cotton kurta (tunic), which can be worn with jeans, pants or matching pyjama pants. A lot of the newer boy’s kurtas feature a nice little waistcoat-style jacket to wear over the tunic.
What to look for when buying traditional Indian clothes
Whatever you opt for, make sure the little ones are comfortable, and the clothes fit well (snug but not too tight). Indian clothing often has embroidery and beaded threadwork – make sure this is not poking your kids (boys could also wear a soft t-shirt under their kurta, for example), and that they have had a chance to get used to their new clothes before the big day! Go ahead and buy some bangles/bracelets for the girls (the Deepavali Bazaar on Campbell Lane has gorgeous ones) along with a sparkly hair accessory. Open-toe sandals are perfect to complete the look.
Places to Buy Traditional Indian Dress in Singapore
Nimbu: circular Indian clothing for kids
A homegrown brand based in Singapore, Nimbu specialises in vibrant, hand-crafted, and sustainably made kids’ clothing, toys and accessories. From luxuriously soft Bamboo cotton rompers and swaddles for babies, to organic cotton dresses, shirts, PJs, and gorgeous Indian clothing like kurtas and jacket sets as well as lehenga skirt sets for kids and now adults too (check out the latest Neel Collection for family twinning options) all in breathable premium cotton – perfect for Singapore’s hot and humid weather. What we love about Nimbu is its circular concept. Any purchase made on Nimbu.sg can be returned in exchange for credits that can offset your next purchase! Returned items are added to the Pre-loved collection, giving them a new lease of life. Nimbu offers same-day and next-day delivery options too. Look out for unique gift box options for the upcoming festive season comprising an eclectic mix of Indian clothing, toys and accessories – shop online or at their Funan and OG outlets. Worldwide free shipping is offered for purchases above $200.
Little Muffet: Affordable Indian kids’ clothes
This online store has an incredibly huge and affordably priced selection of Indian kids’ clothes. They ship to most countries but the traditional Indian ethnic outfits are made to order so expect a little bit of waiting time (2-3 weeks) before you receive your order of Indian clothes to Singapore.
Fabindia Singapore: Indian festive clothing
Fabindia is an Indian fashion brand that is much loved by Indians worldwide for its excellent quality, variety and colourful designs. The Fabindia outlet at Vivocity has a good selection of traditional Indian outfits and festive clothing for both boys and girls from ages 2 to 14! While the price ranges are higher (starting at $29 for infants, $56 for boys kurtas and $61 for girls’ Indian dress) than most of the Little India stores, the styles are more contemporary and the quality of the fabric is good.
Jaypore: Indian outfits and accessories online
Jaypore is a multi-label online store with beautiful Indian dress from handmade sarees and dupattas to jewellery, shawls, home decor, art and more. Plus of course, a great kids section of traditional Indian clothing to add to your cart for Deepavali! There is free shipping on orders above $100.
Fayon Kids: Indian dress ships from India
This Delhi-based children’s clothing boutique makes the most exquisite Indian kids’ clothes for girls and boys, and luckily for us mamas, they ship worldwide! The stunning traditional Indian clothes are perfect for a fancy Deepavali celebration or even an Indian wedding!
Jinder’s: Contemporary Indian clothing & Indian dress
Looking for new Indian clothes for yourself? Jinder’s stocks some gorgeous traditional, and contemporary Indian clothing and Indian dresses for women in Singapore, plus occasion wear (plus sizes available too). Check out Jinder’s variety of kurtas, sarees, kaftans and other Indian clothes plus Indian jewellery and accessories to match. Sign up for Jinder’s newsletter and get 10% off your next Deepavali clothing order!
Fashion Palace: Indian clothing in Little India
Tucked along colourful Buffalo Road in Little India, Fashion Palace has an entire floor for Indian dress and kids’ Indian clothing (on the second level). You’ll find beautiful prints in cotton, brocade and silk in the form of jackets, boys’ kurtas, dresses, lehenga, and suits. Whether it’s for an Indian wedding or a special occasion like Deepavali, Fashion Palace offers plenty of traditional Indian dress for the little ones. Prices start from $15.
Pinklay: Online Indian clothing
Pinklay is an online Indian store offering the most gorgeous colourful Indian kids’ wear (as well as traditional Indian outfits for adults and homeware). We love how this brand engages with Indian artisans using traditional art forms including hand block printing, embroidery and patchwork using pure fabrics and keeping away from all synthetic materials, leather, and plastic. Pinklay stocks kurta for boys, lehangas, kaftans, pyjama sets, Indian dress and other traditional Indian wear.
College Collection: Indian clothing
If you are looking for choices and help when hunting down the perfect Indian clothes in Singapore…this is your store! The sales staff is very helpful and they can even help find traditional Indian outfits for you and your kids to match! The in-house tailor will ensure the perfect fit for your little one. The trendy little ‘suits’ – aka embellished top and ‘Shimmer and Shine’ style flared pants- will have your little lady all excited for Deepavali celebrations. They have a lot of very traditional Indian clothes here as well as lots of fun contemporary Indian outfits. PS: don’t shop here on a Sunday – way too crowded!
Forty Red Bangles: Indian clothing ships from India
Forty Red Bangles is a socially conscious brand stocking traditional Indian outfits as part of their sustainable luxury line of clothing, accessories and homeware. Based in India so do take into account international shipping times if you order any of the Indian dress.
Indya: Huge variety of Indian dress online
Indya is a name that comes up a lot when you are looking for Indian costumes (which mean’s Indian ethnic clothing not of course dress-up costumes). Indya has a staggering variety of Indian clothing online from women’s outfits, to ethnic wear tops, boys kurtas and accessories. The shipping charges on all orders to Singapore, irrespective of order size are $20 and you’ll need to allow up to 2 weeks to receive your order.
Angkara: Indian clothing at Tekka Place
Head over to Tekka Place to shop Indian outfits at Angkara. There’s a range of Indian apparel and accessories plus a kids section with kurtas for boys and other outfits.
Minora Centre: Indian outfits & festive wear
Minora Centre located on Serangoon Road has Indian outfits for adults and children as well as a range of festive Indian partywear for kids. You’ll find a range of Indian kids’ clothes in various colours and detail-work, including lehenga sets, Kurtas for boys, Salwar Kameez and Achkans. Indian dress prices start from $30.
Mustafa Online: Indian clothing at a cheap price
Is there anything you can’t find at Mustafa?! The Indian kids’ clothes section here tucked away in B1 is not the most contemporary or top quality Indian fashion wear, but if you are looking for something that your child will wear only once, and if you aren’t looking to spend a lot, this is a good option. Don’t expect any sales assistance — it’s a bit like rummaging through a sales bin here. The prices are low, though! Check the directory on Mustafa Online here if you don’t want to lose your way in this massive Mustafa shopping centre!
PurpleTulsi: Indian dress
Online store PurpleTulsi has a huge range of Indian dresses, Indian clothing for kids and traditional garments that can be bought online and delivered to your door. PurpleTulsi offers free exchange and returns (including pickup) if your Indian clothing does not fit.
Nalli: Traditional Indian wear
Indian store Nalli is a family-run business that is known for its beautiful handwoven fabrics. You can find a wide range of Indian traditional costumes and even workwear across a wide range of fabrics on their online website. Nalli also offers free international shipping for orders above 29,999 INR (that’s pretty steep though as it converts to SG$ 491)!
Tekka Market Block 665: Affordable Indian dress
Don’t be put off shopping at Tekka Market! Take the escalator up one level from the Serangoon Road entrance and you will find a huge number of shops selling Indian outfits. Not all the stores carry kids’ clothes, though, but you could try Rose Fashions (#02-119), Fiza Bollywood Fashion (#02-143) and Sameer Saniyya (#02-121). Traditional Indian clothing such as Kurtas for boys and lehenga for girls of all ages start from about $30, depending on what you’re looking for. The shops’ sales staff are super helpful and can work with your budget (don’t be afraid to bargain!). There are also several tailors around if you need any minor alterations to your traditional clothes.
Read more: Top 10 Stalls at Tekka Market
If you are looking for a one-off Indian outfit for your child to wear for a school Deepavali celebration, you can also try your luck looking on second-hand clothing sites like Carousell.
We can’t wait to see your kids dressed up in traditional Indian dress this Deepavali – tag us on IG, won’t you?