Kanjeevaram Saree: A must-have for every Indian woman
There’s a reason why Kanjeevaram silk sarees occupy a place of such extreme reverence among Indian women – they’re beautiful, they can last up to a 100 years, and they’re entrenched in the country’s history and tradition. Each saree is a story told in silk, making it one of the finest silk sarees to have ever existed.
Kanjeevaram sarees are also known as Kanchipuram sarees. They owe their name to the city of Kanchipuram located in Tamil Nadu. If Hindu Mythology is to be believed, the weavers of Kanchipuram are descendants of the sage Markanda, the master weaver of the Gods. Legend has it that he once wove tissue from Lotus fibre.
Kanjeevaram sarees are hand woven using the “Three shuttle” method, and are often defined by their contrast borders. They are nine metres long, making them longer than the average saree. The body of the saree might be plain or have a simple repetitive motif, like a dot or a flower, but the border usually is woven using real gold or silver thread, which is what makes the saree heavy as well as expensive. These borders are intricate and breath-taking to look at, with flowers, peacocks, suns, moons, chariots etc. woven on them. They are the best part of the saree, the part that makes each piece exclusive.
Kanjeevaram sarees are donned on special occasions, as they’re not only expensive, but also heavy (in terms of weight) especially when paired with gold jewellery. The final result however, is worth it. You’ll never look as pretty as you will in a traditional Kanjeevaram saree, with just the right amount of gold or silver jewellery.
No matter how modern day your ethoses are, chances are that if you ever see a Kanjeevaram saree, it will be love at first sight.