Kanakavalli's July pick for The Beautiful Drape is a kanjivaram from the design-led Vault collective of classic format heirloom weaves that are exclusive to the brand. This simple but gorgeous sari showcases the dramatic geometry of the queen of silks in all its beauty.
The body of the kanjivaram is woven with neli stripes in gold zari - dotted wavy lines inspired by metti, the traditional bridal toe ring. The borders feature three contrast moplah lines separated by gold mutthu seeru, alongside bhugodi triangles, seeru and mutthu seeru, a vanki (chevron) pattern drawn from the classic armlet design, as well as contrast bands of colour. The pallu is simple, with seeru and mutthu seeru in contrast colours and zari.
This kanjivaram is beautiful in its geometry, with design details drawn from the jewels and ornaments typically worn in South India. It is woven on an adai loom, not because the design requires it but because the weaver, a woman, is more comfortable working within this setup. The use of a combination of silk and zari in the embellishment requires skill, as both have different tensions. The thoughtful interplay of colour lends another dimension to the beauty of this kanjivaram.
Available in multiple lovely colourways, this kanjivaram has zari with a composition of 36% silver and 0.4% gold.