Kancheepuram silk sarees are centuries old tradition

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Kancheepuram silk sarees are the most popular silk saree named after a small town in Tamilnadu where it is manufactured. Silkworms makes cocoons from which natural fiber of silk is obtain. It is eventually wove into stunningly gorgeous drapes in a wide range of colors. This gorgeous outfit have become popular worldwide for its thick and lustrous quality of silk and stunning zari woven pattern. The body is in one shade while the border and the lower tassel pallu is in a contrast. Usually complementary shade featuring glamorous golden zari woven ornate design. Popular motifs include symbols of birds, flowers, leaves and animals. Every Kancheepuram silk sarees comes with a matching blouse piece which is same shade as border and pallu.

In the early days, only wealthy could afford silk sari that used zari thread. Zari is cloth fibre inter woven with silver thread and then coated in gold. This process not only made sari last longer but also added value making it a prized possession. However, the price is dependent on the amount of zari work and the intricacy of designs. Women of south India wear silk sari particularly on religious occasions, weddings and special events. Bollywood actresses Rekha and Vidya Balan often carry them off with grace at awards functions and events.

Kancheepuram silk saree is undoubtedly any women’s pride. It is woven with dyed silk yarn, which is inter weaved to form a design with pure zari. Woven from pure mulberry silk, the Kanchipuram Silk saris enjoys a reputation for texture, lustre, durability and finish. The production of the silk yarn with dye and manually setting up warp and weft of loom for each design takes weeks.

Kancheepuram silk sarees Trivia

Kancheepuram has been an important religious center historically as one of the seven holy places for Hindus. Further it is also capital of many ancient dynasties, including the Cholas and Pallavas. Weaving tradition started around 400 years ago during the reign of King Krishna Deva Raya of the Vijayanagara dynasty. It is when two weaver communities migrated from Andhra Pradesh for catering demand for ceremonial wear during festivals. This year a 14-day silk exhibition, organized by Indian National Handloom Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL), will conclude on February 21.

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