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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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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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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Drapes of India – Rajasthani Costume

The drapes of Rajasthani women reflect a fascinating aspect of their region. Each community has a distinct custom, dwelling, occupation and dress. The attire and jewellery of various groups of the regions right from nomadic tribals, camel-herders, shepherds, craftsmen, traders to warriors had a history of aristocratic tradition and an aura of mythology and religion. The most important factor that determines variation in a woman’s costume within a community is her ...

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Raw silks of India – Tussar

India is home to varieties of raw silk, and tussar is one amongst the four varieties of silk – the others being Mulberry, Eri and muga silk. The Mulberry silk is the most commonly cultivated silk from a silkworm named bombyx mori. The silk yarn fibre is characterised by a special brilliance, and the lustre reflects light in all directions. The name Eri derives from the Assamese word ‘era’, which means castor-oil plant, the main ...

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History of Saree

"Six yards of elegance, charm and grace" can be the simplest description of a saree. Ever wondered how long this garment has been a part of our lives? Read along to know... Saree, also known as sari is a traditional attire of Indian women. The name Sari originated from the Sanskrit word ‘Saadi’ which means ‘a strip of cloth’. In sanskrit literature, it is mentioned as Sattika and as Jatakas in ...

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