Kanakavalli presents The Beautiful Drape, a series that delves into the extraordinary detail of the kanjivaram craft through selected saris from our repertoire, highlighting their rare craft and beauty.
This month our pick is a limited edition kanjivaram from our Vault collective, unique in design and technique. Instead of a traditional two-pedal loom, this sari is woven on a four-pedal loom using the ettu kol set up to overlay a twill pattern upon the base fabric. In this kanjivaram, a contrast colour is overlaid upon the body and adorned with intricate gold mayil kann motifs. The base fabric colour is visible on the borders and pallu, and lends a richly layered visual effect to the body. The complexity of this weave is evident in the fact that the twill pattern of the body is not visible on the reverse side of the sari, but the inverse mayil kann motifs are.
The variants of this design feature fine zari of either 90% or 50% purity. The beauty of this sari lies not only in the quality of the silk and zari, but in the intricate execution of design, the laborious handloom weaving process, and the delightful interplay of unusual colours.