Kanjeevaram is a small village in Tamil Nadu where the favorite south Indian sari is made. It dominates the entire South Indian market. They are not just beautiful; they are sophisticated and suitable for any occasion.
It all started between 985 to 1014 AD under the patronage of Chola kingdom. Under Raja Raja Chola the kingdom economically flourished and culturally became known to the world. However, what next ruler did change the history of silk. Under Krishna Deva Raya took the throne in 15th Century, the weaving communities were sent to Kanjeevaram (TN).
Saligars and Devangas
Saligars and Devangas were the two weaving communities inherited this special craft and continue even today to transmit this knowledge to the next generation. They were inspired by the scriptures and temple walls and Kanjeevaram saris have a pattern of the same. The high-quality silk produced in this region made Kanjeevaram Sari world-famous apparel.
Today there are more than 5000 families involved in this craft from Kanjeevaram.
Kanjeevaram saris are made from pure silk which is obtained from the mulberry worm. The silk is hand woven and is double wept or double warped. The warp frame has about 60 holes which are capable of weaving 240 threads. The increased number of threads in a single weave is what makes a Kanjeevaram sari so sturdy.
The design of a Kanjeevaram ranges widely from stripes, checks, and florals to natural motifs such as birds, animals and leaves. Many intricately made Kanchivarams feature scriptures and images from Hindu texts and South Indian temples. The pallus are woven with paintings showing depictions from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Depending on the intricacy of the sari design, a single Kanjeevaram sari requires up to 1 week to be woven.
The Kanjeevaram sari is the number one attire of choice for South Indian brides.
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