Kancheepuram-the Queen of Weaves

by Shatika, October 12, 2016

Silken poise

Silk has the power to change your mood and make you feel like a million bucks. The urge to look good is inherent in women kind and they have a natural flair to distinguish between quality. These things are not rocket science for them. What looks good visually and appeals to their aesthetic sense is adapted to their lifestyle. On an average, an Indian woman would own not less than ten formal sarees and Kancheepuram will outnumber the other formal sarees.



The Britishers pronounced it like, ‘Concheevaram’ or Conjeevaram.’ The kancheevaram saree is 150 years old and has seen many Kings and their reign and the English and one King’s name comes to our mind, who was responsible for the growth of kancheepuram sarees, it was King Krishna-Deva Raya’s, who promoted the Devanga’s and the Saligars, who had migrated from Andhra Pradesh. They were descendent of sage Markandi, the weaver to Gods. Thus the kancheevaram saris evolved and soon were compared to the Banarasi sarees of U.P.  The Kancheevaram city has many temples, The sarees were first made for the Gods and thus only the best is offered to God. Therefore the weave was perfected and gold and silver zari was used and the most exquisite craftsmanship became their trademark.


Sattika or saree became a status symbol and Kancheepuram emerged as a leading weaving cluster. Today there are 60,000 thousand looms in and around Kancheepuram. The saree is also known as Kanjeevaram. These sarees are worth their weight in gold and literally too! as they are graded according to their weight! The saree is made from pure mulberry silk procured from Tamil Nadu and the zari, which is 57% silver and 0.6 % gold is used in the zari, which is brought from Gujarat. The yarn for the saree is twisted and dyed and treated with rice water so that that yarn becomes strong. It said that the saree will survive 30-40 years without a tear! The silk yarn is used to interleave designs and decorate with zari.


The piece of Joy

The Kancheevaram sarees are known for their wide borders and grand pallus. The pallu and the border is woven together and the body is attached later using the ‘korvai’ method.  Which has been learn’t to perfection over the years and no one can make out the joining. The sari has a continuous flow of the design and while the soft silk falls over your shoulders nothing else matters in the world. Shatika is proud to have the best designs in this category. We are in the amids’t of festivities and any guesses what all women are wearing-gorgeous thick lustrous kancheevaram sarees. Yes, ofcourse. Believe us the auspicious motifs of the sun, parrots, peacock, rudrash, temple borders, kalash and dainty mango motifs, only do magic and make the saree in its wide array of colours, just the right choice this winter.

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