Varna Sutra : Patra, Pushpam - Flora on the kanjivaram
In Varna Sutra: Patra, Pushpam, we celebrate the world of plants and flowers that come alive on the kanjivaram drape.
The natural world is a source of inspiration for the weaver, who draws on the rich diversity of local trees, flowers, fruit, seeds and leaves; each steeped in history, mythology and culture. The motif on the sari is not a literal rendition of the plant or flower, but a uniquely stylised and more elemental interpretation, that fits seamlessly into the kanjivaram layout and embellishment. From the ubiquitous manga or mango motif, to the graceful vines of the kodi visiri, every element is skillfully adapted and stylised to stay true to the kanjivaram aesthetic, while paying homage to the beauty and symbolism of nature.
Also look out for a selection of fabric lengths from The Blouse Studio featuring Patra Pushpam motifs, and read the accompanying article on kanjivaram's flora here