Bright-Marigold Brocaded Kanjivaram Sari from Chennai with Intricate Work on Pallu

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The silks of Kanjivaram are the traditional wedding sarees of the region’s brides. Tucked away in a rural pocket of Tamil Nadu, these sarees are produced on handlooms of yore worked upon by intergenerational weavers and artisans. The solid-colored number that you see on this page is a fine example of this variety of Indian silk saree. The color of crushed marigolds, the natural sheen of the fabric set off its lively, youthful hue to perfection. The thick border is a rich shade of red that complements such a color. The same is superimposed with an exceptionally dense and detailed zari weave. Zari is the vernacular word for traditional embroidery executed with pure gold thread as could be seen on the border and half the endpiece of this saree. Zoom in on the same to appreciate the intricacy of the work, the meticulousness and symmetry of the peacock motifs on the border, and the geometric patterns on the endpiece.

A saree such as this one, with only a whiff of the traditional, is best teamed with modern jewelry that you have selected yourself. Hints of solid shringar across the neck and wrists and earlobes would suffice the ethos of such a garment.

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Handwoven Elegance: The Journey of a Kanjivaram Saree

Kanjivaram sarees are one of the most sought-after sarees among Indian women. They have not only gained popularity in India but across the globe in recent years/decades and are thus in high demand even in the international fashion world. Made of the finest quality silk, bearing intricate designs, and having vibrant colors, Kanjivaram sarees have undoubtedly made their way to the hearts of most women. The origin of these sarees is believed to date back to the 7th century during the reign of the Chola dynasty. Kanjivaram silk sarees originate from the city of Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. These sarees stand out among other sarees because of the use of vivid colors and the natural glossy shine of pure silk. Women prefer to drape a Kanjivaram, especially on special occasions such as weddings and festivals to look flawless and elegant. The most common motifs found on these sarees are peacocks, leaves, flowers, paisleys, Kalash, etc. The characteristic feature of Kanjivaram silk sarees is the rich Zari work on fine silk fabric. This makes them a popular choice among women of all age groups.

Let us look at the steps involved in the making of a Kanjivaram silk saree:

1. Finest quality silk yarn is processed and dyed

Each Kanjivaram saree is made purely with high-quality silk and thus the first step in the making process of the saree is to find the best silk and process it. The silk yarn is first washed and soaked in rice water and then dried in the sun. This step is necessary to make the yarn strong and stiff to maintain the durability of the fabric. It is then dyed in rich hues by hand and again sun-dried.
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2. Silk yarn is woven with the Zari

Now the colored threads are intertwined with silver thread and these resultant threads are interlocked with golden thread. The Zari threads (gold and silver) are produced from real silver and gold and are sourced from Gujarat.

3. The process of weaving begins

Before weaving, the Zari threads and colored threads are sorted to avoid any tangles and individual strands are put to the weaving loom from one end to the other. Now the warp ends are drawn and joined to the previous warp on the loom. The desired design is fabricated or woven onto the fabric manually. This technique has been passed down from one generation of skilled weavers to the next.
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4. The saree is given a finishing

Now that the saree has been woven and the desired design has been obtained, it is sent for giving it a finished look. Any extra threads are cut and removed to make the saree ready to be sent to retail shops and markets for sale purposes.
The whole process of crafting a Kanjivaram silk saree may sound or appear easy, but the amount of time and effort that it requires is unimaginable. Depending on the intricacy of the design, it may take several weeks or months to complete one Kanjivaram. Although the cost of the saree is expensive (due to the use of real gold and silver) and not many people can afford to buy it, it has managed to be a part of beautiful family treasures that are passed down through generations as a token of love and affection.
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