Baba Black Sheep, Varanasi

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Handpick fashionable silks and pashminas at Baba Black Sheep, a store with a lot of experience and a trustworthy reputation. Immerse yourself in a world of colors, textures, styles, and designs as you browse through the shop's wares. Treat yourself with a traditional Indian shawl or a colorful scarf. The store's fixed-price, no bargaining policy gives you the pleasure of shopping in peace, and you can ask the trustworthy owner to help you make your selection. For more than a decade, the shop has satisfied customers from around the world with its no-pressure approach and quality service. To find out how to plan a trip to Varanasi, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • September 26, 2017
    The only site where one must buy silk and pashmina in Varanasi, to quality is undoubtedly unique, don't you try to swindle or sell more, and care is impeccable
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  • September 22, 2017
    The quality is there and the fabrics are beautiful, it's undeniable. You are sure to have the product on you. We stopped on 3 stoles... And in trying to negotiate: hic! These are supposedly fixed prices... However the principle of price fixed, it is its display! I saw nothing in this store! As prices are not low... The Manager we then took top and was very condescending! The least things is still respect the customer. In addition, a gesture of goodwill can be expected... Anyway good products but a pathetic final home tending towards a great rudeness! Apparently, trade is not given to everyone!
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  • July 10, 2017
    I was looking for a store with high quality, locally made fabrics that wouldn't push me to buy more than I intended--and this is exactly what I found at Baba Black Sheep.The shop attendant was roughly...  more »
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  • February 12, 2017
    Went there to buy scarfs. They are a bit cheaper than anywhere else but the gi ril selling them was a bit grumpy. So we rather bought them in center od Varanasi, where we have found lovely stoor with more "human" approach.
  • January 5, 2016
    So yes it is Lonely planet recommended, his choices are rich. Owner friendly knowledgable and serves you chai. He will give you a 20-30 minute talk on how to ID silk and Cashmere when burnt, the first smell like hair the second clumps. Scarves 20$ up Fabric for Sari drape 45-50$ up for 5 meters Negative: you pay foreigner prices because it is written up in Lonely Planet. 20$ for that silk scarf instead of 8$-10$. I saw the same silk scarf in Delhi for less of the cost. That being said, I view it as paying for a learning experience, pleasant enough, just not a fair cost for India shopping.
  • April 23, 2016
    Lots of information about the products and a few tests to see if you are buying the real deal. It's very difficult to tell! Large range of products. Very nice and helpful staff.
  • May 24, 2017
    Good
  • August 20, 2013
    Welcoming little shop with a showroom for a broad selection of typical cotton, silk, pashmina, etc. products in different qualities. The prices may or may not be cheap but fair enough, this shop is an "oasis" with air-con and perfect english consultation away from the chaotic streets. The owner is a smart business man with a touch of arrogance and a successful, bilateral concept for both, his business and foreign tourists. I trusted him more than the exhausting touts from the markets and I truly enjoyed his "shop experience". Kudos to him also for spending a lot of time explaining the materials and how these can be correctly identified. In a nutshell: I'd recommend this place if you want to be sure of WHAT you are buying!

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