When it comes to exhibiting charisma and comfort, cotton sarees deserve all the accolades. A wardrobe staple for many generations of Indian women, these elegant weaves inspire many to embrace the heritage of our land. The light and airy texture of this fabric is a delight to drape, especially during the hot summer months. Cotton sarees are both traditional and contemporary, with colours, prints, motifs and borders that continually evolve in resonance with trending styles.
The state of Tamil Nadu is well-renowned for curating these earthy weaves. The warps and wefts unfurl a story from the region of their origin and kindle a rich legacy. Akin to their dazzling silk counterparts, these sarees are woven by traditional weavers on their wooden looms. From the vibrant Chettinadu and Coimbatore cotton to the versatile Kanchi and Sungudi Cotton, each saree is the epitome of simplicity and is a true testament to the handloom weave.
Let us take you through some of Tamil Nadu’s signature weaves.
Also known as the Kandaangi sarees, these drapes were crafted by the Devanga Chettiars of Tamil Nadu. These hand-woven weaves are notable for its thick woven appearance, which in turn creates a beautiful contrast to its lightweight texture. With contrasting colour palettes and use of checks and stripes on the pallu and border, the saree creates a characteristic visual appeal.
Also known as the Kora sarees, these drapes are woven using traditional looms by the weaving families in the Sirumugai and Kongu Nadu regions of Tamil Nadu.These sarees have a lavish border and pallu designs that are crafted with bright colours and a hint of shining zari. The patterns and motifs are created by the artistic interplay of cotton and silk threads which are hand-woven together to create this indigenous fabric.
Also known as Kanchipuram cotton sarees, these drapes were believed to have been created by the weavers who were the descendants of Sage Markanda. Lord Shiva’s favourite fabric was cotton and the descendants of the Sage used to weave textiles for him using cotton and lotus fibres. One can see several impressions of temples finely woven in the saree’s borders, which are synonymous with this temple city. The rustic beauty of the saree’s mythical motifs and vivacious hues are a thing of beauty in warp and weft.
Also known as Chinnalapattu sarees, the history of these drapes can be traced back to the Sourashtrians in Gujarat who brought this art form to South India. Practised as hand art, it involves a lot of creativity and patience in the weaving, dyeing and printing of this fabric. The two main features of this saree are beautiful bandheni patterns and the bright colours with exquisite contrasting gold borders.
Explore our handcrafted weaves from the heart of Tamil Nadu’s finest cotton looms, in a stunning array of prints, patterns and palettes.