All You Need To Know About The Kanjeevaram Saree

The Kanjeevaram saree, also known as the Kanchipuram silk saree, is a type of silk saree which is made in the Kanchipuram region in Tamil Nadu. The Kanjeevaram saree has become a symbol of beauty and grace, which has resulted in it being worn widely by women all over India.

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Origin

The small city of Kanchipuram came into popularity 400 years back when two weaving communities- the Saligars and and the Devangas- migrated to the city from a neighboring state. These two communities were already popular for their silk weaving skills and silk was very popular in this town. Gradually Kanchipuram came to be known as the Silk city or the mother of Kanchipuram silk sarees.

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Why is it famous

Kanjeevaram saree owes it’s popularity to it’s texture and beauty. The Kanjeevaram saree popular among women for it’s lustre, delicate zari and thread-work and most importantly because of the royal look which it epitomes when draped. An added bonus is that the Kanjeevaram saree is hand woven and extremely resilient. These sarees are mostly worn at South Indian weddings by the bride and her family or for other special occasions. It is known for it’s quality and craftsmanship, which has helped earn it’s name.The gorgeous Bollywood actress Rekha is a apotheosis of graceful beauty in the Kanjeevaram sarees that she regularly wears.

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Significance in Weddings 

A south Indian bride’s trousseau would be complete without a Kanjeevaram saree. Wedding is the most important day for any girl where she would expect everything to go perfect and the Kanjeevaram silk sarees plays a significant role in weddings of South. The bride generally prefers bright shades of red, yellow, white or orange with heavy golden zari border. The zari used in the bridal Kanjeevaram saree is of the finest quality and provides high level of durability. The Kanjeevaram sarees are preferred by the south Indian brides because of its aesthetic beauty, versatility and tenderness. The bride is assured that the Kancheepuram silk saree will make her appear gorgeous and give her the ‘look’ she desires on her wedding day. The bride wears heavy gold jewellery, at times Temple Jewellery, that compliments her Kanjeevaram saree.


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Popular Designs of Kanjeevaram Saree

In earlier days, Kancheepuram silk saree consisted of traditional patterns of dots and stripes. However, patterns like sun, paisleys, peacocks, mangoes, leaves, etc. evolved later. Some of the most common patterns seen in the Kanjivaram sarees are the Rudraksha beads, the temples, Mayilkan and the Nightingale eye. The highlight of this saree is the zari work and hand embroidery on the fabric. The Kancheepuram sarees come in vibrant colours with heavy golden borders and the zari is mixed with various other threads giving it the magnificent look. The Kancheepuram silk sarees are durable and believed to last for decades maintaining the same allure. Many fashion stylists have tried giving a designer edge to Kanjeevaram sarees by decorating it with embellishments like beads, stones or diamonds and giving it a contemporary style. However, no amount of adornments could compete with the original, traditional Kanjeevaram saree. The Kanjeevaram saree depicts perfection and class.
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Price Range

In Kancheepuram, 3/4th of the population earn their livelihood from making Kanjeevaram sarees. A simple Kancheepuram saree can take up to 10 to 12 days whereas a special bridal Kanjeevaram silk saree can take weeks since it demands delicate and intricate handwork. The Kancheepuram silk saree can be bought between the price range of Rs.6,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 depending upon the depth, size and quality of the zari border used. The more intricate the zari work with silk, the more expensive the saree is priced. The Kanjeevaram saree is the ultimate choice of the south Indian weddings.

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