KANAKAVALLI JOURNAL

Varna Sutra: Antar Anga - Checks & Stripes

Varna Sutra: Antar Anga - Checks & Stripes
This month we look at the various patterns that make up the body of the sari, focusing on the Kattam and Vari (checks and stripes). The weavers of Tamil Nadu possess a skillful mastery over the weaving of checks and stripes. The end result is a powerful visual and emotive force of expression.
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Varna Sutra : Ratna Mudra - Kanjivaram's Motifs

Varna Sutra : Ratna Mudra - Kanjivaram's Motifs
The jewellery motifs used in a kanjivaram sari pay homage to the art of jewellery in South India, to our ancestors who conceived these jewels, and to the skilled artisans who handcrafted them. A South Indian bride’s trousseau may traditionally includes these rich motifs as ornamentation on the kanjivaram drape.
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Varna Sutra : Mriga, Pakshi - Kanjivaram's Motifs

Varna Sutra : Mriga, Pakshi - Kanjivaram's Motifs
Over the centuries, a range of several patterns has become characteristic of kanjivaram sari designs. These motifs and patterns were not just decorative, but also had strong symbolic connotations, both in mythology and folklore. Motifs play a twin role – of aesthetic appeal, and as a reflection of symbolic meaning.
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VARNA SUTRA REDUX : OF COLOUR AND LIGHT

VARNA SUTRA REDUX : OF COLOUR AND LIGHT
Over the past few months, Kanakavalli's Varna Sutra has traveled a landscape of colour in the kanjivaram, tracing inspiration and custom, colour and context in the weave of this beautiful drape. As we approach our yearly celebration of the Festival of Lights, we celebrate  the beautiful bursts of the many Varna Sutra colour stories.
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VARNA SUTRA: SHYAMA, SVETHA - EBONY & IVORY

VARNA SUTRA: SHYAMA, SVETHA - EBONY & IVORY
The history of the colours of the kanjivaram sari is carved out of a lifelong fascination with South India's traditions and social norms. Ritual, spiritual and cultural customs offer guidelines specifying colours to be worn for various significant events and to mark different stages of life. This month, we explore Shyama, Svetha...
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