Kanchipuram Saree | Kanjeevaram Silk Sarees
Kanchi Kamakshi is a temple for women’s ethnic wear. Every saree has a story to tell of a special moment or an occasion and it holds deep within, a rich tradition that has been passed down through hundreds of years. Kanchi Kamakshi has been bringing such authentic weaves directly from Kanchipuram.
Kanchi silk weavers are said to be descendants of Sage Markanda, the master weaver of Gods. Woven into your Kanchi Kamakshi sarees are intricate patterns and mesmerizing magic, which when draped, give you the magnificence and divine outlook.
The history of this 400 year-old tradition began when a Pallava king invited master weavers from many centers to the temple town to weave Kanjivaram saris to adorn the goddess. Exquisitely made from lustrous mulberry silk and gold zari, with intricately woven borders and pallus. Kanchipuram Silk is a type of silk saree made in the Kanchipuram region in Tamil Nadu, India] These sarees are worn as bridal & special occasion sarees by most women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. It has been recognized as a Geographical indication by the Government of India.
According to Hindu mythology, Kanchi silk weavers are the descendants of Sage Markanda, the master weaver of Gods who is supposed to have woven tissue from lotus fiber. Also, while cotton is considered to be the favourite fabric of Lord Shiva, silk was preferred by Lord Vishnu.
The sarees are woven from pure mulberry silk thread. The pure mulberry silk used in the making of Kanchipuram saris comes from South India and the zari comes from Gujarat. To weave a Kanchipuram sari three shuttles are used. While the weaver works on the right side, his aide works on the left side shuttle. The border color and design are usually quite different from the body. If the pallu (the hanging end of the sari) has to be woven in a different shade, it is first separately woven and then delicately joined to the Sari. The part where the body meets the pallu is often denoted by a zig zag line. In a genuine Kanchipuram Silk Sari, body and border are woven separately and then interlocked together. The joint is woven so strongly that even if the sarees tears, the border will not detach.That differentiates the kanchivaram silk sarees from the others.