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Kerala Sarees – A Blend of Traditions and Style

   
 

Saree is an integral part of the Indian women’s traditional wear, and every state boasts of its ethnicity with the display of their unique costumes. The state of Kerala with fringed palm trees, serene backwaters and golden beaches fused with Aryan and Dravidian influences offers the traditional Kerala sarees in combination of white/off-white and gold.

Kerala sarees originated from an ancient two-piece costume referred as Mundu – neriyathu, made from white/off-white piece of cotton cloth with golden jerried border called 'kara' weaved into it. The golden border indicated royalty.

Kerala sarees originated from an ancient two-piece costume referred as Mundu – neriyathu, made from white/off-white piece of cotton cloth with golden jerried border called 'kara' weaved into it. The golden border indicated royalty.

The traditional Kasavu Saree often referred as Kerala sarees is the most preferred attire for women of Kerala attending a wedding or visiting a temple. However, with the intervention of the fashion industry in this region of India, Kerala sarees have received a global recognition.

Kasavu saris are hand woven with borders weaved from real gold thread. Therefore, the thread never fades and these saris considered auspicious. With authentic gold used in them, the original Kasavu saree is usually expensive. However, affordable options are available as well. A premium quality Kasavu saree can be purchased for as low as $50 or as high as $1500 and beyond.

The Kerala sarees are simple yet elegant, as they are woven in off white with golden border, giving it a complete look. It is a heritage passed down generations and an essential garment in the bridal trousseau in South India. Every Kasavu sari speaks of the age-old traditions, while offering superior quality cotton, procured from best cotton textile industries in India.

Kerala sarees display unique and coherent combination of craftsmanship and stunning design on its border (pallav) that sets it apart from other modern sarees. Its affluent and contrasting golden pallav adds aesthetic refinement.

Kerala sarees are highly precious apparel, since several hands and days goes into weaving them. To produce a flawless piece, a team of experts weave on their looms for a stretch of up to three days. Depending on the design of the sari, it may even take few weeks.

Though many as an everyday costume wear Kerala sarees, it is during the festivals like Onam and Vishu, that one witnesses the beauty of traditional Kasavu sarees. It is a bona fide feast to the senses, when women dress up in this elegant attire and dance to the beats of traditional music performed during celebrations. Even in corporate world during festivals and occasions, competitions are conducted to choose the ‘Best Traditionally Dressed’ stressing the importance of this textile masterpiece.

The legendary Kerala sarees have earned a unique place in the Indian heritage and culture. Modernization and globalization has pulled out this elegant attire from the traditional homes of Kerala to other parts of the world. Today, it is aggressively worn by the eminent personalities in several walks of life, especially the cinema and media industry. It is only fair to say, the finer outlook of the Kerala sarees isunsurpassed in the credulous look of the Indian women.

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