Whether it’s Hanumanji’s pout or Jatayu’s beak, long flowing locks or a tail, searching for perfect costumes and props is no easy task. However, we make things a wee bit easy if you need to act in a Ramlila, or deck your child for a costume party. Here’s a low-down on the costume shops in Delhi where you’d find a perfect fit for every occasion, well almost.
Need an eccentric hairdo or an exaggerated 17th century look for that costume party? No sweat. Just check out one of the wig sellers in Delhi and you will be sure to find something interesting for yourself. For those ultra glamorous blonde and glossy black wigs, try Rohit Jaggi’s Teena Wigs (Vasant Vihar). Wigs cost between Rs 5,000 and Rs 20,000 depending on the size and style. Make an appointment with Rohit Jaggi before you drop in.
While scouting around for the right wig, you must not miss a visit to Adrina Wigs (Karol Bagh). This outfit has been around for 36 years and prides itself on making every kind of wig, for all occasions! The varieties are mind-boggling and owner Shyam Varshney has done several television shows on this as well. The wigs are made with natural human hair, but you could find synthetic ones as well.
For fancy dresses
Delhi has those great Ramlila occasions when the actors need to dress like the characters of the Ramayan. Anybody involved in theatricals swears by Kinari Bazaar, the area near the Red Fort in Old Delhi for the best and most diverse types of costumes that are available in the tiny stores there. But, if you aren’t in the mood to plan a trip all the way to Purani Dilli, you can find hop in to its namesake store, Kinari Bazar, at South Extension. Or else, bag great costumes in Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar as well.
New Kalpana Tracers and Alpana Tracers in Sarojini Nagar are famed for their wide array of fancy dresses available. You can find a Hanuman costume tail and all, rishi-muni costumes, and a Ravan with all his heads! Or, you could find masks of animals, if your child has an animal fancy-dress party at school. From fairies to Subhash Chandra Bose, the list of costumes is endless.
Most of the fancy dress stores also have props such as jewellery, crowns, weaponry, rudraksh malas and much more. It’s time to get creatively bold, next time you have a costume party!