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Kanjivaram Saree - The Six-Yard Elegant Beauty

Hindu mythology is the place where the foundations of Kanjivaram sarees can be discovered. The Markanda Silk Weavers, who have been fabled to have woven costumes for the Divine beings themselves, are believed to be the forefathers of the Kanjivaram Silk Weavers. This magnificent pattern has a heritage that dates back more than four centuries. The Kanjivaram saree, which is acknowledged as being among the most exquisite in the rest of the world, takes its name from the hamlet of its origin, Kanchipuram. Another term for this gorgeous fabric is Kanchipuram. Kanjeevaram, as its name implies, can be considered the South Indian counterpart of Banarasi silk sarees. The exquisite color scheme and hefty fabric are used to manufacture these captivating sarees. The Devangas and Saligars, the two main textile ethnicities, are believed to have immigrated from Andhra Pradesh and established in the hamlet of Kanchipuram. Utilizing their weaving abilities, they began developing intricate designs of the characters they observed on the shrines encircling the village on the mesmerizing Kanjivaram silk sarees. The Pallu and the margins of Kanjivaram silk sarees are spun independently prior to coming together, which really is among its most distinctive traits. The pitni is yet another moniker for the random pattern that links the two components. This type of sarees pallu generally has a significantly unique pattern and hue from the body. One of the toughest and also most durable fabrics are recognized to be the Kanjeevaram fabric. The saree is much more durable because it is made of three Silk strands braided with silver wiring. A Kanjivaram saree weighs approximately between one and two kg. Kanjivaram sarees are excellent for just about any celebration or festivity owing to their beautiful tinge of gold.

The Kanjivaram Saree is distinguished by its utilization of two to three warps that are colored in various hues and thus are interwoven together using the most precise interlocking procedure, in opposition to the majority of Indian textile styles, which also are weaved with a solitary warp. The Korvai weave is the title of the technique utilized locally. Each Saree is turned into a masterpiece thanks to this procedure, which permits the color play that distinguishes this style. The border won't even come off even when the saree rips because of how tightly the joint is knitted. This differentiates Kanjivaram weaving. They are available in a broad range of hues and tints, in addition to the traditional crimson and golds, featuring vibrant purple, sophisticated mauves, mellow peach, and refreshing tangerines. 

Traditional Kanjivaram saree motifs including temple margins, stripes, streaks, and floral patterns were inspired by South Indian religious imagery and texts, or by natural elements like foliage, birds, and creatures. Because of the intricate nature of the workmanship, the hues, designs, and materials used, such as Zari, they are accessible in what seems like a wide variety. The Indian government recognized the Kanchipuram silk sarees as a Geographical Indication in 2006 in order to retain their grandeur. A Silk Mark, akin to the hallmark placed on authentic diamonds, can be discovered on them to identify their legitimacy. 


Q1. What is the Kanjivaram saree known for?

The queen of silks, the Kanjivaram saree, is composed of shimmering weaves that merge contemporary and heritage.

Q2. Why are Kanjivaram sarees costly?

The fact that this sari demands professional workmanship, the utilization of vibrant silk, and a diversity of qualities makes it more costly than the majority of varieties of sarees.

Traditionally crafted with patterns and designs, Kanjivaram Saris are a combination of silky soft comfort from South India with the brocade of zari (gold thread) from Gujarat. The alluring Kanjivaram saris have their roots deep seated in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu, which has been mentioned in the Hindu mythology on numerous occasions. As per mythological stories, Kanchipuram silk weavers are the believed to be descendants of the Sage Markanda who’s otherwise known as the weaver for the Gods. It states that the Sage had crafted tissue for the Gods from fibers obtained from lotus flower.

It is said that Kanjivaram sarees are crafted out of Silk because it is considered to be the valued by Lord Vishnu, just as cotton is for Lord Shiva. Woven from pure mulberry silk, Kanjivaram silk are loved and aspired across the country.

Inspired with images and scriptures in South Indian temples or natural figures like leaves, birds and animals, these saris come with brilliant colors and wide contrasting borders. They come with rich woven border and pallu showing paintings of Raja Ravi Varma and also the holy epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. As per history, the weavers from South Indian states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka got aid from the rulers.

Kanjivaram saris vary widely in cost depending upon the intricacy of designer work, shades, pattern and material used like zari etc. Often indicated by a zigzag line is the part where the body meets the pallu. As a matter of fact the interlocking of the body and border (each woven separately) makes the Kanjivaram silk saris notable compared to other saris. The joint is woven so strongly that the border does not detach even if the saris tears.

In a genuine Kanjivaram silk sari, the zari is woven to create intricate patterns. The gold fused with the motifs is obtained by dipping silk thread in liquid gold and silver. The contemporary Kanjivaram sarees of today utilize the substitutes for traditional zari because the price of gold has tremendously increased. Yet, these attractive saris reign over the variety of saris available.

In ancient times, when precious metals was affordable, real Zari was made from fine silver or gold alloys. A thread is drawn and flattened by passing it through equal pressure rotating rollers. The flattened silver threads are wound on the base yarn made of silk. These reels of silk and silver threads are pressed together for electroplating. The threads are then plated with gold during the process of electroplating. By passing them through a brightener, the luster of the gold threads greatly rises. Later, the threads taken out are ready to be wounded on a reel. The price of a Kanjivaram sari depends hugely on the amount and the purity of the zari.

With the increase in cost of bullion, the weavers in order to cut cost have come up with imitation techniques. Various modern colors and chemicals are used to impart a golden hue instead of pure gold. Metallic zari came into trend by replacing traditional metals like gold, silver & copper. This non-genuine modern zari is light in weight and more durable when compared to earlier editions.

The original weavers of Kanjivaram, who are believed to be the descendants of sage Markanda, and the craftsmen of today are continuing with their tradition. This sari depicts the dedication of weavers towards their work. The art of creating the perfect zari is relatively unknown. Today, only a handful of families possess the knowledge of zari making and the skill is preserved by crafting the most precious and sort after Kanjiparam saris.



Two essential pieces of garments, that go alongwith the Sari, need to be chosen carefully to compliment the Sari. These are:

  • petticoat - which is a waist-to-floor garment, tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring. The petticoat color should match the base sari color as closely as possible. No part of the petticoat, of course, is visible outside the Sari, after having worn it.

  • blouse - which needs to be tight-fitting and whose color needs to be chosen keeping the look of the sari in mind, can be short sleeved or sleeveless, with a variety of necklines. The blouse ends just below the bust.


Start wearing the sari by tucking its plain/upper end into the petticoat, at a position which is a little bit to the right of the navel. Make sure that the lower end of the sari should be touching the floor, and that the whole length of the sari comes on the left-hand side. Now wrap the sari around yourself once, with the sari now coming back in the front, on your right side.


Make about 5 to 7 pleats of equal width of 5 inches, starting at the tucked-in end. Gather the pleats together, neatly, ensuring that the lower edge of the pleats are even and just off the ground and that the pleats fall straight and evenly. A safety pin may be used to stop the pleats from scattering.


Neatly tuck the pleats into the petticoat, at the waist, slightly to the left of the navel, in such a manner that they open to your left.


Drape the remaining fabric around yourself once more left to right, and bring it round your hips to the front, holding the top edge of the sari.


Slightly raise the remaining portion of the Sari on your back, bringing it up under the right arm and over the left shoulder so that the end of the Sari falls to about the level of your knees.

The end portion thus draped, from the left shoulder onwards, is called the Pallav or the Pallu, and can be prevented from slipping off teh shoulder, by fastening it at the shoulder to the blouse with a small safety pin.