Kanjivaram Silk Saree is a handicraft woven treasured art of Southern India. It is known for the use of deep rich colours, silver gold zari work and beautiful motifs that make it a brilliant option for any festive celebration. If you are a die-hard fan of Indian Ethnic Sarees, Kanjivaram Saree is one must-have saree that should be in your wardrobe without fail.
Origin of Kanjivaram Silk Saree
The Kanjivaram Saree derives its name from a small city called Kanchipuram situated near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Kanchipuram is also named as the silk city since it gives shelter to over 5000 families of local silk weavers. Kanji weavers are respected as the descendants of the Sage Makaranda( the master weaver of Gods) who had skillfully woven tissue from the natural fibres of lotus.
The silk trade was brought to life in Kanchipuram by a famous king of the Chola Dynasty in India during the 9th century. Later during the rule of Krishna Devaraya in the 15th century, well-known weaving communities of Andhra Pradesh called the Devangas and the Saligars took shelter in Kanchipuram. Thus the Kanjivaram Silk saree came into existence with the migration of the silk industry into the city.
The Rich Texture And The Attractive Colours
The Kanjivaram Silk Saree is a product of premium pure mulberry silk. It takes about a fortnight to months to be handwoven. The silk thread is carefully extracted and dyed in deep hues to be woven with Zari. Pure Gold and Silver constitutes the Zari work in Kanjivaram Saree. The motifs and designs crafted on the saree have been picked up from the art and sculpture in the local temples of Kanchipuram. Nature-inspired designs like leaf, flowers, birds, and branches also enhance the beauty of this nine-yard piece.
This is a heavy and sturdy saree with wide contrasting borders. The heavier the saree, the better the quality, and the higher the cost. It is known as the “Queen” of all sarees for its excellent shimmer, vibrant colours, pure heavy silk, exceptional intricate weaving procedure and inclusion of pure Gold and Silver Zari work.
One of the Most Loved Apparel in India
The Kanjivaram Silk Saree is a luxurious, elegant and dazzling saree that has been long adored by celebrities and well known social figures across the globe. It is an Epitome of sheer glamour, opulence, and flamboyance. It is a premium apparel product of Southern India. None can ignore the exuberance of this nine-yard marvel.
According to Hindu mythology, silk is considered to be Lord Vishnu’s favourite fabric. If Gods’ so loved this fabric, how can we humans ignore its allure?
Saree is the basic ethnic wear in India that has been seen at grand events, occasions and celebrations. Kanjivaram Saree is the supreme choice for all festivity and grandeur. Shimmering borders, smooth silky textures in eye-catching colours with intricate motifs picked from South Indian temples and Mother nature form the perfect amalgamation for this divine Saree. Themes from the Hindu epics like The Mahabharata, The Ramayana, and The Bhagwad Gita also adorn the saree bringing out Indian mythology in a mesmerizing manner.
Best choice for Weddings & Ceremonies
India is the land of Big Fat Weddings. A Kanjivaram Saree is undoubtedly the outfit of choice for such grandeur.
Celebrities have also taken this Saree to another level by flaunting it at grand ceremonies and occasions.
The Plethora of designs with intricate zari work and intense weaving bring out the opulence of vibrant colours and help you dazzle like a diva. This Saree is the style statement for any Wedding.
How to Identify a Pure Kanjivaram Silk Saree
An original Kanjivaram saree is a registered and patented product. The handloom label given to it defines specific features like the weight of saree, amount of gold or silver used, traditional designs incorporated. According to Geographical Indication (GI) label, a Kanjivaram Saree should possess 57% silver and 0.6% gold in the Zari. When sold globally, the GI label maintains the saree’ authenticity and standard.
A regular Kanjivaram Saree is broader than any other basic saree measuring about 48 inches and weighing about 500g to 1 kg. Therefore always check for weight and thickness of saree before purchase.
Look for contemporary designs like royal chariots, sun, moon, flowers, peacocks, depictions of temples or their embossed figurines, or dots and mango patterns. These are local patterns from Kanchipuram.
Kanjivaram saree has the border and the pallu in total contrasting deep colours. Also, search for Silk Mark that is exclusive to this saree.
If you happen to come across loose zari threads in the saree check for the colour; as the thread is a red silk thread twisted with silver wire and coated with Pure gold. Any other colour or white zari would suggest a duplicate copy.
Burn test: Burn the loose strands of the saree to obtain ashes. If it melts it is fake. Also, the burnt ashes should smell like burnt leather or hair.
The Kanjivaram saree should be dry cleaned for long term maintenance and care. If you want to wash the saree at home, do not use soap in the initial washes. A cold water rinse is recommended.
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