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Baba Black Sheep, Varanasi

(4.3/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web)
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Baba Black Sheep and other Varanasi attractions using our handy Varanasi holiday planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • We have learned a lot about the qualities of the materials used. Good and competent advice. Haggling is not possible, the prices are fixed. Very wide range of scarves in all price ranges.
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  • Sometimes a Lonely Planet recommendation can result in complacency and mediocrity. This is so not the case here! The hour I spent in Baba Black Sheep was informative, interesting (and expensive!) - Sh...  more »
  • One product offering rather baba cool trend, it wasn't what I was looking for, but for those who are looking for the fripe, that's fine
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GOOD SHOP
  • 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!