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24 Years in Indian Fashion & Dresses
       
 

Kanjeevaram Sarees – A Traditional Tribute to Women in Tamil Nadu

   
 

Kanjeevaram Sarees are popular as conventional sarees of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Their scintillating beauty and absolute comfort, propels a woman to enjoy wearing it. The affluent silk fabric, the elaborate weaving design patterns and uniquely designed borders are admired around the globe.

Usually, the designs on the body of Kanjeevaram Sarees are weaved with golden thread, and the different design patterns vary from figurines to temples, floating along the border. Kanjeevaram Sarees areworn on the auspicious occasions of wedding, festivals and other social events. The saree is paired with an equally stunning blouse with short sleeves and low neckline. For a chic look, the traditional Kanjeevaram Sarees can be designed with embroidery or mirror work.

The saree is a whole nine yards, as it is between four and nine metres long. However, the material, design and style of the Kanjeevaram sarees differ across regions. Silk and cotton are the common fabrics used in the weaving of this saree.

Magenta, maroon, lavender, black, brown, peach, blue, pink, orange, silver, red, gold, turquoise and yellow are just the few colors that can be seen on the body of Kanjeevaram sarees.

The most common style to wear Kanjeevaram sarees is to wrap it around the waist with other end of the drape worn over the shoulder, almost flowing to the ground, but not touching it. The saree is draped over a matching in-skirt. However, the Brahmin community in Tamil Nadu drape it without wearing the in-skirt, and therefore wear Kanjeevaram sarees that are nine yards long.

Adorning a Kanjeevaram saree is an art but preserving it requires detail and attention, since they are made from delicate silk and sparkling gold. It is advised that this saree should be put for dry clean.

The Kanjeevaram sarees receives its name from a little temple town Kanchipuram, where it originated. It is not only draped on weddings in South India and elsewhere, but worn at other auspicious and religious occasions, as well. Similar to passing jewelry or diamonds from one generation to next in many cultures, Kanjeevaram sarees is a tradition often passed from mother to daughter as an heirloom, it is made to last a lifetime.

Kanjeevaram sarees woven in silk are always bold and brightly contrasted colour. Some common design patterns woven on the saree include peacock and parrot motifs, tribal designs, traditional patterns imitated from the Pallava temples, palaces and paintings, the scenes from great Indian epics of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagwad Gita are incorporated into this textile masterpieces. Today, the focus is on contemporary patterns.

Kanjeevaram sarees are decorated with gold-dipped silver threads (Zari) interwoven with silk. The zari work is expressed in the border and the Pallu. The more gorgeous the saree you drape, the wealthier you flaunt.

Alternatively, Kanjeevaram sarees can be plain, or with small gold motifs scattered all over its body. Other designs include gold squares or stripes spread across the body of the saree.

Kanjeevaram sarees is a masterpiece, with no two sarees sharing any resemblance in their make, style and decorative patterns.

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