Kanakavalli's September pick for The Beautiful Drape is an exquisitely embellished kanjivaram that brings together intricate motifs and vibrant colours.
The body of the kanjivaram is embellished with gold checks enclosing kamalam buttis, while dramatic temple motifs or thazhampoo reku are woven above the borders . The borders have contrast moplah lines, kalasam moggu, mutthu seeru, kamalam and rudraksh motifs, and vanki patterns, all enclosing a band of diamond patterns known as kann petti.
The pallu, interlocked in the benth technique, features delicate mango motifs or manga moggu, yalis and paisleys, as well as lotus motifs entwined with vines called kodi kamalam and a very ancient form of the horse motif known as mann kuthurai, with a creature atop its back. These details flank a band woven in benaras twill, lined by thuthiripoo motifs separated by vertical lines.
The beauty of this sari lies in the thoughtful interplay of contrast and complementary hues that highlight the fine details of the weave - the result of painstaking dyeing and weaving techniques. Available in several colourways, including a variation with the border details woven in silken thread, this kanjivaram features zari with a composition of 0.4% gold and 36% silver.