In the second volume of Antar Anga, an art & photography project commissioned by The Ekavalli Foundation for Kanakavalli, we delve into the colours of the kanjivaram. Shifting focus from the geometry of the weave while expanding on the idea of creatively reimagining the kanjivaram, this series, titled Chroma, translates the sari and its relationship with colour into beautiful spatial experiences.
Featuring in and accompanying this campaign is a collection of fine kanjivarams that epitomise the craft's bold and skillful use of colour. The range includes saris with korvai borders, showcasing brilliant contrasts of colour and interesting combinations of complementary hues. The bodies of the kanjivarams are dotted with buttis or adorned with bold geometric patterns, while exquisitely detailed traditional motifs adorn the pallus in zari or colourful silken yarn.
The gamut of unusual and striking colour combinations, often bringing together seemingly opposing hues, is a uniquely South Indian aesthetic made familiar by the kanjivaram.