Anyone used UTSAV?

posted 5 years ago in South Asian
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@gramgeek:  ohh my dream Lehenga is from them.. I havn’t ordered yet but would be keen to know…. hopefully someone has some advice, but I have heard some good things from friends, I think maybe its a case of being a little realistic.. ie the colour may not come out 100% the same etc but if you are a little flexible I reckon they are fairly good quality…

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My best friend purchased two saris from them for her engagement and they turned out beautiful!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Posting so I can follow. I’ve also heard extremely mixed reviews.

@gramgeek – if you hear of any reliable online vendors let me know pls! I’m more than likely going to have to buy all my traditional outfits online…

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I bought a saree from them, and it arrived and was exactly what it looked like in the pictures – that being said, I didn’t trust them to do the stitching – I ordered fabric only and had a local tailor do the actually stitching. I wouldn’t order my bridal stuff from them, though, because I can get comparably beautiful bridal sarees for a better price – the shipping ends up making it quite expensive for some of the nicer styles.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@gramgeek:  Thats basically what I did. I wanted to take one for the team (the team being my girlfriends) and see what the quality was like.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hi All!

 

For my american friends that wanted to wear a saree for my wedding, we used Indusdiva.com.  Indusdiva had NO reviews that I could find, so I took a leap of faith and ordered 2 cheap sarees for my bridesmaids to wear, reasoning that if it was a sham website or they were horrible, that I wouldn’t have wasted too much money.

 

HOWEVER, they were pretty great, especially for the price.  Since you’re getting a Salwar, you don’t have to worry quite as much about sizing, but they do offer customized sizing where they tell you how to measure yourself, and you submit your measurements.

For anyone reading this that is looking for a Lahenga or a Saree, they even have customized blouse types, emaning you can get different necklines and back styles.  For saree, you can also get a pre-stitched saree (a cheater saree) which is AWESOME. The pleats are already sewn in and you just have to wrap it around and clip it.  Plus, they have a range of prices and styles, from the very cheap to the very expensive.

In the end, after I ordered the first 2 sarees and they turned out well, I had 3 more friends order from them.  Since it’s coming from India and customized sizing, it does take 3 weeks to 1 months.  My 2 complaints are that 1) the saree blouses came with wierd bra cups sewn in, which I personally didn’t like and had taken out.  I would specify no bra cups if I were to order again.  2) the petticoats that came were wierdly small.  Like…teensy tiny, and I called and complained and they sent 2 more for free.  So, order petticoats in a size larger.  And it wasn’t just the petticoats in the initial order…it was the petticoats in ALL the orders my friends bought.  So, everyone should order a larger size petticoat.

The good things were the cheap prices (much cheaper than buying at a store in the U.S.), the variety, how quickly it was made and shipped, and the customer service.  They called me–from india–about 3 times to ask questions about style/sizing/etc.

 

Overall, I would definitely recommend.  It’s a great way to get matching sarees for bridesmaids, too.

 

Good luck!!

http://www.indusdiva.com/

 

These are the first two bridesmaid sarees I ordered: (the girls on either side of me).

 

 

 

These are some of the other sarees friends ordered.  indusdiva has the more modern styles, too…but wew ere specificially looking for the more South indian style sarees.

 

Post # 13
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900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@gramgeek:  oh, sorry to heard about your bad service!  Maybe I just got lucky, but the blouses fit perfectly on my girls.  Is there any extra fabric on the seams that can be let out?

 

 

Post # 15
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900 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@gramgeek:  Have your mom try it before you do anything else.  Saree blouses are supposed to be VERY fitted.  The sleeves are usually made to be TIGHT (uncomfortably so to western women who aren’t used to fitted sleeves).  My sarees blouses were so tight, they hardly stretched over my boobs.  But they did and everyone said that’s house they are supposed to be.  But definitely have your mom try it…then order the new one if you have to.  =)

 

My mom bought a saree in person and had the blouse made…but the saree (silk) was around $300 and the blouse was another $60 to have made. So…not cheap for someone who will probably wear it once or twice. So even if you have to go through the hassle of ordering a new blouse for your mom, it could save her money in the end to get the cheap imitation one from Indus.

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