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Shyama, Svetha : Kanjivaram's Blacks & Whites

Shyama, Svetha : Kanjivaram's Blacks & Whites

Explore the most elemental of hues on the kanjivaram in Kanakavalli's Shyama Svetha collective of exquisite silk saris in shades of black and white. Symbolic of the triumph of good over evil, and of mystery and purity, the colours emphasise the richness of the kanjivaram drape.

Steeped in mythology, culture and tradition, the lexicon for this pair of perfectly contrasting hues encompasses karuppu (black), muthu (lustrous, pearly white) and vennai (the rich, creamy hue of butter), as well as yanai (elephant grey) and sambal (ash grey).

Shop the curation here, and delve further into the stories of these colours and their links to the craft in the Varna Sutra article on our journal.