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Captivating kanchipuram sarees

08/23/2015

There would hardly be any Indian woman who would not desire a kanchipuram sarees. This naturally woven sari is made in a small village near the Bangalore city of Tamilnadu, called Kanchipuram. Hence the name given to it. The skilled weaver of God was known as Sage Markanda, who was an expert in weaving tissues from lily fiber. The Kanchi silk artisans are said to be the descendents of this learned man. The silk used in this process is soft but long-lasting at the same time. The bright colors and enchanting patterns make this one a pride possession. No wonder south Indian ladies always long to add some of these amazing pieces to their bridal trousseau.

Did you know that the process of making this masterpiece is quite complicated? A preparation for making a grand Indian kanchipuram sarees starts with thread preparation. It is first twisted and then dyed and dried in the natural sunlight. Weaver creates all parts of this magnificent sari like border, body and pallu separately. Once done perfectly, they are then interlocked with a tight joint to turn it into a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. While a simple Kanjivaram can be prepared in 10-12 days, the exquisite ones need more time. Depending upon the intricacy of motif, amount of gold thread used, required hours of work, fabric and colors, single sari can be found anywhere from the price range of Rs. 2000 to several Lakhs.

Usually these saris reflect Indian culture. The motifs woven are paintings, birds, sun, moon, temples, lions, chariots, leaves, flowers and mangoes etc. There are few specialties. The one woven with parallel lines all over the body is called ‘Thandavalam’. ‘Mallinaggu’ represents a jasmine bud and is quite famous too. The urban designers are even using our great epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata as well as the Bhagwad Gita themes now days. Even the tribal patterns are quite well known among the contemporary lovers. As you must have guessed, sari will be more expensive if it uses more Zari work. If you love the sheer minimalism, there is even plain Kanchivaram sari to select from. Some saris also have golden squares or lines all across its body.

These saris are elegant but quite heavy too. They are meant to be worn on special occasions. It lends elegance and charm to the wearer. However, special care is needed when it comes to maintenance. One should always store it in neat cotton cover, which lets the inside sari breath. Also it is advisable to not hang it on iron hangers as it may leave marks. As a rule, it is recommended to always dry clean it but in case, if you are washing it at home, use gentle solvent and wash it in cold water. Please don’t soak, twist or squeeze as it may harm the precious material. Also it’s a good idea to take it out from the cover every few months and dry it in fresh air. Take precaution to not dry it under the scorching sun as it may fade the bright colors.