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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Shikargah & Vanasingaram – Woven wonders

The brocades of Banaras are well known for its richly patterned fabrics characterized by the use of gold or silver thread. The highly ornamental silk brocades with gold or silver work in Benares were referred to as Kimkhwab. During the Mughal period (1556-107 CE), the kimkhwabs became popular in Mughal royal workshops called “karkhanas”.Originally the brocades were woven on a drawloom known as "jalla" and the entire supplementary design on ...

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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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Kasuti – Embroidery of Karnataka

Each region of India has a heritage of different kinds of embroideries peculiar to each region. These embroideries are spontaneous expressions of the local culture. Kasuti, the needle speciality of the south is the embroidery of Karnataka. Kasida means embroidery in Hindi, while Kasuti is its equivalent in Canarese. This craft stemmed from the regions of Dharwad, Belgaum, Hubballi and Bijapur districts of Karnataka. The geometric embroidery, done by the women ...

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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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Kantha embroidery

Living traditions of embroidery in India demonstrate the validity of one of the world's richest cultural expressions. It was a language used by women to communicate their wisdom and the values they protect and nurture for themselves and their families. Bengal embroideries were commissioned by Portuguese and English at Satgaon, the mercantile capital of Calcutta then. Known as the quilts, they consisted of large-sized bedspreads, wall hangings and shawls.The quilted embroidery ...

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The Chettinad Wardrobe – Motifs

The remarkable motifs inspired by the architecture of a thousand temples and the natural environment of Kanchipuram may be seen in the most recognised woven patterns of manga, gopuram, rudraksham and kamalam motifs. In the same way, in our Chettinad wardrobe Diwali collection, our weavers bring alive the majesty of Chettinad homes, for the first time, as decorative motifs. Behind the screens – Design board Here’s a glimpse of our creative journey from ...

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Kanchipuram Silk – God’s Own Silk

More than the actual wedding - the feeling, relishing and finalizing the wedding saree is the most exciting and thrilling part of Indian weddings. Days and hours are spent to research and buy the wedding saree as it is such a prestigious possession for every Indian woman. In a typical South Indian wedding, the most preferred choice for the wedding is the traditional, hand woven Kanchipuram silk saree. Though predominantly woven ...

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