KANCHIPURAM silk sarees - woven from pure mulberry silk, it is reputed for texture, lustre, durability and finish. It is woven with dyed silk yarn with interleaved designs made with 'zari' a.k.a the jari - a silk thread twisted with thin silver wire an then gilded with pure gold. This process enhances the beauty and the value of the silk.
The traditional handloomed Kanchipuram silk sarees were heavy but eco-friendly and used natural products compared yo the powerloomed silks today (we shall talk about it in a seperate post). Silk is considered a 'pure' fabric and it is used for all religious, ritual ceremonial occasions. Silk sarees are offered to gods and goddesses and it was a part of the glitz of a South Indian wedding.It became the most preferred saree for any kind of auspicious occasions - especially weddings.
Kanchipuram silk sarees are expensive and the cost of the saree depends on the amount of zari intertwined with the silk. The more the zari work, the more expensive the saree will be. If you have ever went saree shopping in Kanchipuram, you may come across stores which weigh the pattu saree before the packaging process. This is to differentiate the thread counts.
Although the south indian bride of today may opt for an alternative (a different kind of material), we believe that Kanchipuram silks still holds a special charm to it as the wedding trousseau. Thanks to the much needed saree revivalism, we have started restoring and celebrating South Indian weaves.
Stay tuned for the rest of the post on Kanchipuram silk sarees.
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