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The Elegance And Exquisite Craftsmanship Behind Kanjivaram Silk Sari 
Saris have always been and will continue to have a significant role in Indo-ethnic fashion trend. The only type of clothing that has continued its legacy right since its inception and has never faded with time. The versatility of this outfit is as such that it can be draped in any fashion you wish to. However, one such craft which stands out from the rest is the Kanjivaram pattu or the Kanjivaram silk sari, handwoven intricately by the skilled artisans in their heirloom at Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. 
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Did you know an interesting fact about these weaves?
There are nearly 5000 families who run the business of handloom weaving in Kanchipuram. The skills and techniques used in those intricate weave have been passed on from generation to generation by their ancestors and weavers today have continued to take their legacy forward.

Known for its significant presence in the Hindu mythology, Kanjivaram silk is considered to be a holistic weave. The richness, texture, design and vibrancy of this divine drape have always helped it find its place in a brides’ trousseau. Though Kanjivaram saris have been woven and draped graciously and elegantly for many years, it is between 2005-2006, these weaves were recognised by the government and have officially received the GI indication.
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The intricate and strenuous process of handweaving: 
It required skilled craftsmanship and experienced labour to hand-weave a single Kanjivaram silk sari.
These drapes are woven carefully with utmost precision and focus using a warp frame which has 60 holes in it in which there are 240 threads in the warp and 250 to 3000 threads in the weft, making it sturdy.
The fine threads of silk used for this amazing weave belong to the silkworm and the fabric which gets transformed into a beautiful drape is known as Mulberry Silk. 
 With the transfer of knowledge to the weavers by their ancestor, the process of weaving with the help of modern technology and machinery has made it possible for young millennials to enjoy the beauty and versatility in this modern era.
The grandeur of such handloom sari would be its zari weaving, giving the drape its richness, sheer and shine. Traditionally real gold and silver threads were woven along with the silk to make a lustrous zari pattern and today, many artisans have also started weaving with gold and silver-plated zari strands to cater to all classes of people without losing the authenticity and credibility of this divine weave.
Did you also know that the Kanjivaram Silk Sari is woven separately into multiple parts? The body and the pallu are woven individually and interlocked with zig-zag patterned stitching creating a strong bond, popularly known as the Korvai method.
The highlight of these saris is its contrast border and pallu. Popularly known for their detailed traditional motifs,  different borders such as the temple border, checks and striped border, floral border are also found in a traditional Kanjivaram silk sari. Motifs inspired by the city and nature are often found on the saris. Few popular ones are as follows 
  • Annam / Hamsam (Annapakshi) - the beautiful swan 
  • Iruthalaipakshi - the two-headed eagle
  • Kili - the parrot
  • Mayil - the peacock and many more
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Kanjivaram silks also are known as the 9-yard weave are priced based on the intricate and unique work involved. Ranging between Rs.7000 and above, these saris attract both the young and old. Their everlasting sheen, vibrant colours, contrast borders and detailed artistry on the body is something to look out for. 
If you are searching for unique, one-of-a-kind designs and pattern, WeaveinIndia is your perfect pick.
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WRITTEN BY: PAVITHRA PRABHU
  • Oct 04, 2019
  • Category: Blogger
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