Kanchipuram or Kanjivaram Sarees: The richest ethnic silk

Kanchipuram also known as Kanjivaram is a type of silk weaved in a small town of Tamil Nadu known as Kanchipuram.

Kanchipuram saris which are woven with heavy silk and gold cloth are considered to be auspicious and they are worn on occasions and festivities.It generally takes 8 to 15 days to weave a Kanchipuram silk saree . However due to uniqueness and intricacy of the designs it may take longer spans as well.

Silk weaves have always been a part of Indian weddings.Kanjivaram sarees hold a treasured place in the trousseau of a South Indian bride.

Bollywood has always adorned these beautiful crafted Kanjivaram sarees on special occasions. Rekha ji has been wearing these sarees with real zari borders since ages. From award functions to wedding nights she is always seen wearing the beautiful sarees.

Kangana Ranaut in gold kanjivaram saree
Kangana Ranaut in gold kanjivaram saree
Rekha ji in green kanchipuram saree
Rekha ji in green kanchipuram saree
Deepika padukon in Kanchipuram saree for her Bengaluru reception
Deepika padukon in Kanchipuram saree for her Bengaluru reception
Deepika wearing a kanchipuram saree for her wedding
Deepika wearing a kanjeevaram saree for her wedding

Designers such as Sabyasachi has been using these kanjivaram sarees as a part of his couture. He has been adding his touch and keeping the fire alive in these Kanjivaram silk sarees. Also newbies such as Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Kangna are often seen wearing these master pieces on various occasions. Deepika was seen wearing a red kanchipuram saree for her wedding in Italy. Also she was seen wearing a gold silk saree for her Bengaluru reception. She looked like a goddess wearing these ethnic attire for her wedding.

This is available in several varieties: Patan sarees, Patola sarees and Benaras silk saree, but among all, Kanchipuram pattu sarees always takes pride of being in a supreme and special position. These sarees are known for their shine and fabric with rich weaves, gold borders, contrast borders, gold zari dots, patterns, etc. They gained such a fame because of their magnificence and grandeur look.

Indian bride wearing a Kanchipuram silk saree
Indian bride wearing a Kanchipuram silk saree

Kanjivaram sarees is definitely known to be the queen when it comes to silk sarees. The gold zari borders highlighting the sarees makes it worth every penny spend on it. There is an undying love for these sarees, be it the festive season or the wedding season. In South Indian weddings it is considered to be equal to the jewellery given to the bride as an auspicious gift.

Bridesmaid dress to perfection in Kanchipuram saree
Bridesmaid dress to perfection in Kanchipuram saree

These stunningly gorgeous hand-woven sarees, crafted painstakingly with singular dedication, are one of the finest silk fabrics – not only in India, but also in the entire world!

What makes it stand out from other varieties of pure silk sarees is the ‘motif’ it embodies. Pyramidal temple borders, checks, stripes and floral “booties” are traditional designs you will find in a traditional Kanchipuram saree.
It is smooth, comes in beautiful conventional hues and has dazzling weaving and that makes it amazingly well known inside the class of silk sarees.

The Tamil film Kanchivaram released in 2008 depicts the struggles of silk weavers in Kanchipuram.

Poster of the movie Kanchivaram
Poster of the movie Kanchivaram

When it comes to silk saris, you can never have one too many, but the clear bestseller is the timeless allure of the Kanchipuram sari—an eternal wardrobe staple.
The zari threads which gives this artwork a new life are said to contain a government-mandated amount of pure silver and gold, ensuring that you have a timeless investment for your ethnic wardrobe.

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