Kanakavalli's pick for The Beautiful Drape this May is a striking kanjivaram from the Vault collective of heirloom saris. Immortalising the craft in colour, weave technique and design, the classic format Vault kanjivarams are exclusive to the brand.
This month's kanjivaram is unusual as it is woven entirely by hand on an adai loom without the use of jacquard, and yet does not feature the traditional intricate adai motifs. Instead, the body of the sari is embellished with checks in three colours along with gold zari, a pattern that emphasises the geometry of the layout. The introduction of zari adds a delicate iridescence and visual depth to the bold multicolour checks. The adai loom allows for the pethni interlock between the body and the pallu, a laboriously handwoven attachment that cannot be executed on a regular loom. Here, the checks from the body do not continue into the pallu, which is woven in a solid colour with a temple reku design in gold zari. The vertical stripes of the body end just above the partial korvai borders that are woven in the same hue as the pallu.
The beauty of this kanjivaram lies in the striking simplicity of the checks, the delightful colour play upon the body and the complexity of the weave technique, visible in the execution of the borders and pallu. Available in several colourways, every detail highlights the drama of the sari and its bold visual.
This sari features zari with a composition of 35% silver and 0.4% gold.