What is a korvai?

The word Korvai in Tamil applies to structured patterns used in music, dance and textiles. In music and dance, it’s about presenting lyrics in rhythmic syllables. In textiles, Korvai is a technique which connects the concepts of contrast and colour between the border and body of a sari.The hallmark of a Kanchipuram sari, Korvai is a design which connects the heavier ply of zari borders to the body of the ...

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Eri, The Ahimsa silk

So what is Eri Silk? It is the silk which is produced from the Eri yarn and spun by the silkworm called Samia ricini, and is indigenous to Assam. The Eri silkworm has a unique ability to weave an open-ended cocoon. Since it completes its life cycle and flies away, the resulting yarn from the cocoon is humane, and is thus referred to as the Ahimsa Silk. Eri Silk is one of ...

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Celebrate the dupattas!

This elegant piece of clothing was always open to tremendous ways of dressing up our ensemble. Traditionally a dupatta was worn to denote modesty and worn on the upper part of the body as an “odhni”, “chunri” or dupatta. You can fashion out a dupatta with a variety of materials - from the sheer georgette, chiffon, chanderi, tussar to the traditional embroidered fabrics. And with the handwoven extravaganza in silk brocades ...

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Timeless Motifs

Colours and motifs in our Kanchipuram sarees add sparkle to our celebrations of festivals and weddings. The love for ornamentation binds our whole nation together; in our Kanchipuram saris, we have superlative examples of artistry and craftsmanship. The Kanchipuram weavers produced elaborate designed textiles with their own distinctive patterns. The zari motifs were used a surface embellishment and provided a new dimension to the visual appeal of a “pattu pudavai”Greatly influenced ...

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Korvai kanjivaram

One of the most prized gifts to an Indian woman continues to be a richly brocaded Kanchipuram handwoven sari, illustrating the central role of the beautiful drape. The sheer beauty of the fabulous silks of the South, with jewel-toned colours enriched with threads of gold, has overwhelmed people. Kanchi pattu pudavai always has a special place in the handlooms of India!In Tamilnadu, the essential parts of a sari are classified into ...

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Jacquard sarees – Artistry of decorative patterns

In our last week’s blog, we spoke about the different kinds of looms. This week’s blog focuses on getting to know about the Jacquard looms A loom is designed to hold two sets of threads – The flat parallel threads are called the warp. The weaving process is complete when the other set of threads – the weft – is interlaced with the warp.  This kind of handloom is well suited ...

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Handloom, India’s craft heritage

Each and every state, town you travel through in India has a rich textile and weaving legacy. And from time immemorial, royalties and connoisseurs of textiles around the world have admired and patronized India’s handwoven textiles. The loom is the basic equipment for hand weaving. Traditionally loin loom as the weaving device was used by the tribal population of north eastern India.The pit loom is the weaving equipment in most of ...

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Drapes of India – Kerala

In this month’s blog of Sari speak, we focus on the traditional kasavu sari drape from the land of ‘God’s own country’, Kerala. Traditionally, there was no concept of a sari at all in Kerala. Instead, there was the mundu. Everyone wore a mundu from the waist downwards, and there was no upper garment for men or women. The men wear the mundus in the form of a dhoti, and the ...

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Warli – the folklore on the walls

India has millions of practising artists who form a huge and important resource of traditional knowledge and indigenous technologies. This month, our blog is dedicated to the creativity of the anonymous Warli artists of our land. Adivasis and their tribal paintings India has the largest concentration of tribes after Africa. Called as Ädivasis, each and every tribe is known for its outstanding cultural traits.  Tribes such as Bhils, Gonds, Murias, Sauras, Warlis ...

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Drapes of India – Tamil Nadu

Sari is the most representative apparel of India and an indicator of cultural mechanism. A drape referenced world over, and worn by a lot of women daily, the sari is a garment contributed by India. We are happy to begin the series of blogs focussing on Drapes of India. Each state boasts of multiple ways the saree can be draped, and that goes perfectly in sync with the climatic and ...

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