As most of the world is in lockdown, and we all navigate this uncertain and rapidly evolving climate, Kanakavalli turns to the ornamentation of the kanjivaram to find a symbol for the times. In this special curation, we delve into the exquisite and fierce beauty of the yali—a mythical creature and a powerful symbol of protection. Part-lion, part-elephant and part-horse, the yali adorns pillars and entryways of medieval temples in South India, guarding against forces of evil. On the kanjivaram drape, the intricate yali motif goes beyond aesthetic appeal, woven into the silk as a potent symbol of strength to protect the wearer.
Discover the beauty of the yali with our curation of exquisite kanjivarams right here, and read more about the rich symbolism of the motif in the accompanying Varna Sutra article in our journal.