The Kanchipuram Crossover

Amongst the brocaded textile tradition of India, the silks of the south, especially the Kanchipuram sarees, have always had a special place in our hearts. Weddings laid the foundation for the look and style of heavy zari silks, whereas relaxed occasions demanded a lighter version.Sarees are versatile six yards of unstitched fabric which reflect the needs and imagination of the wearers. When the concept of a “no-zari” saree or a lighter silk ...

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Thamizhar Thirunal – The Harvest Festival of Tamil Nadu

One of the important festivals celebrated by the Agrarian communities all over India is Makara Sankranthi. The harvest festival follows a Solar calendar, and it is essentially a thanksgiving celebration to Surya, the Sun God. The biggest event for the year in Tamil Nadu is Pongal, and the festival is celebrated for four days at a stretch, starting from January 14th every year. The first day of the Tamil month “Thai” ...

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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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