Kanakavalli's Motif Spotlight series celebrates the forms and designs that embellish the kanjivaram, many of which are inspired by flora, fauna, ritual, and everyday living. Thazhampoo Reku refers to the beloved temple motif that traditionally adorns the sari's border and is integral to the vocabulary of the craft. While the shape resembles the classic gopurams of South Indian temples, the form also draws from the thazhampoo or kewra, a fragrant flower with sharp petals that grows along river banks in Tamil Nadu. The rows of large triangles, interlocked in the korvai technique, are called reku, and are dramatic in their geometry within the bold layout of the kanjivaram drape.
Shop Kanakavalli's curation of kanjivarams with the Thazhampoo Reku right here.