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In this, the second edition of Varna Sutra, we delve into the rich symbolism and subtle nuances of hue in Raktha or red; curating a beautiful selection of kanjivarams in the colour of love. The weaver as the artist breathes life into strongly held beliefs and customs through choice of palette and technique, and red is a colour that is deeply rooted in a sense of the auspicious. Long associated with the worship of the goddess in South India, it is also significant in marriage ceremonies and a bride’s trousseau.
Ranging from the glorious vermillion of ‘Kumkuma’ to the muted pink of ‘Vengayam’ and the distinctive ‘Arakku’ that marks a blossoming of pink into deep red, this curation features a fiery and feminine palette that comes alive on the kanjivaram’s drape. Shop the kanjivaram’s reds and pinks right here, and explore the many meanings and expressions of Raktha within the kanjivaram tradition in the accompanying article here.