Kanchipuram Sarees Bring Out the Beauty in A Woman

The timelessly beautiful Kanchipuram Sarees are traditionally woven from the silk created by the silkworms of the Mulberry tree. These sarees are lovingly woven by the hands of weavers skilled in this art for generations. As per Indian tradition, the name of the saree is entwined with its birthplace, Kanchipuram, situated in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

The Origin

The origins of the famous Kanchipuram Silk can be traced 400 years in the past, during the reign of King Krishna Deva-Raya from the Chola Dynasty. Two major guilds practicing the art of weaving had migrated to this city. The religious and devoted temple culture of Kanchipuram required wearing silk garments as part of the ritual, which led to the creation of this fine quality silk in the area. The descendants of these weavers still practice this art of weaving Kanchipuram sarees and are acknowledged all over the world for their skill and devotion.

The Material

The Kanchipuram Saree is often referred to as the “Queen of Sarees”. Although there is no dearth of high-quality sarees in India, where this garment is synonymous with an Indian woman’s attire, this saree is in a class of its own. The luster and durability of silk coupled with the exquisite ‘zari’ work make the Kanchipuram Saree a prized possession of any woman’s wardrobe. A common gift, this saree is often passed down for generations as a symbol of the everlasting love. The heaviness of the saree denotes the quality with the higher quality being the heavier.

The Making

The finest-quality Mulberry silk is used in the making of a Kanchipuram Silk saree. The thread is selected in the chosen color while taking care that it is unbroken and uncut. The threads used in these sarees are double-wrapped and consist of three threads twisted together. This makes this saree more durable and heavier than other types of silk sarees. Another interesting aspect of this saree is that the artisan creates the border, body and ‘pallu’ of the saree separately and then weaves them together. This technique is known as ‘korvai’ which is instrumental in the border and ‘pallu’ of the saree being differently colored. A Kanchipuram Saree requires the attention of two weavers for 12 to 20 days depending on the number of zari designs.

The Style

Before you buy Kanchipuram Saree online, its originality may be authenticated with the Geographical Indication (GI) stamp on the product. This certifies that it was made in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. To wear in the traditional style, one should start wrapping the saree on the waist from the opposite end of the ‘pallu’. The pleats are made on the left side of the body while the remaining part is draped over left shoulder, wrapped once more and the end tucked on the left waist side. The look is completed by wearing embellished golden jewelry, which matches the intricate ‘zari’ works on the saree.

So, a saree made from the Kanchipuram silk is a timeless garment worthy of possession by generations of Indian women.