Kanjeevaram silk saree is a magnificent creation of the craftsmen living in a small town, Kanchi (Kanchipuram), situated near the Bangalore city of South India. The saree has been named after the town in which it is produced. The silk used in the creation of Kanjivaram saree is extremely fine as well as durable and is one of the most popular forms of silk in the state of Tamil Nadu. The bold and bright color of the sari is very much preferred by the South Indian women, whose trousseau remains incomplete without this amazing outfit.

Special features

Since the colour and designs of the body, and the pallu are quite different, weavers weave both of them separately and eventually join them. You can spot a zig zag pattern (known as the pitni) where the body meets the pallu. It is also quite a common practice to weave the border of the saree separately and then join the three together. The joining of the three (known as korvai) is done with such precision that even if the saree tears, the border will not detach.

Also since the saree is made of three silk threads twisted with a silver wire, the fabric is extremely strong and durable. This, however, can also add to the weight, making a regular Kanjeevaram saree as heavy as two kilos.

Kanchipuram silk sarees are available in almost every colour under the sun! Pick bold bridal colours like red, pink or yellow, depending on your personal taste and the season of the wedding.

The blouse to your precious Kanchipuram silk sarees needs to be paired very carefully. Since it’s a traditional bridal saree, keep the blouse traditional too. A short sleeve gold tissue blouse or a blouse in a contrasting shade as the saree looks very graceful.

Kanchipuram silk sarees were initially a nine-yard weave but over the years the more practical six-yard weave was included too. The original golden and silver zari is also now replaced by a cost effective metal or copper zari that manages to hold on to the sheen of the texture while reducing the cost. However, if you want an original you need to ensure that the zari work is not artificial.

Care guide

Dry cleaning is the most preferred method to maintain the saree. However, if you do have to wash the saree at home avoid using soap during the first three washes. A rinse in cold water is more than enough. It is advisable to store the saree separately in a plastic or saree bag.

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