Our January pick for The Beautiful Drape is a National Award-winning weave executed on an adai loom, showcasing some of the finest weave techniques, motifs and colours of the craft. The exquisite detail of this selection of saris is testament not only to the incredible skill of Kanchipuram's master weavers, but also to the rich heritage of the textile tradition.
This month's The Beautiful Drape features twill checks on the body enclosing classic annam buttas in gold zari. The borders are adorned with classic details, includingmoplah lines, muthu seeru, delicate bugodi triangles, poun or traditional coin motifs, kann (eye) patterns, and contrasting seeru lines, accenting the dramatic geometry of the drape. The pallu features classic yali motifs, constructed for an adai loom, alongside iruthalai pakshis enclosed within arches known as maadams. The palette of the kanjivaram features thoughtfully selected contrast and complementary colours, ranging from the traditional to the contemporary. Theadai loom, which predates jacquard weaving, requires the meticulous skill of the weaver with patterns woven entirely and laboriously by hand. Not restricted by size, the motifs can be woven in striking relief, creating an embossed effect upon the silk.
This series of saris features zari composed of 40% silver and 0.4% gold.