Discover the intricate beauty and detail of the kanjivaram's embellishment in Kanakavalli's Motif Spotlight series, featuring curations of delightful festive silk saris. Here we turn the spotlight to Vaira Oosi, distinctive pinstripes that adorn the queen of silks. Literally translating to 'diamond needle', Vaira Oosi refers to the fine, needle-thin lines that run parallel to the border of a kanjivaram, interspersed with the colour of the sari's body. The exquisite pattern lends a shimmer of gold or silver to the drape, occasionally layered with tiny motifs, while highlighting the deft interplay of zari and silk in warp and weft. The Vaira Oosi stripes are so fine, they are often visible only as a lustrous shimmer on the sumptuous silks, adding a sparkle that's perfect for the festive season.