Varna Sutra : Ratna Mudra - The Ornamented Kanjivaram
The art of adornment is one that has its roots in ancient civilisations, playing a central role in the mythology and culture of India. In the South, every ornament, beautifully handcrafted, is unique to this part of the subcontinent. Not only does jewellery play an aesthetic role, but most jewels are also imbued with a deep sense of divinity, worn in sacred alignment with the planets to ward off the evil eye. The kanjivaram has adapted these exquisitely detailed ornaments into motifs that embellish the beautiful drape, and we explore these in Varna Sutra: Ratna, Mudra. From anklets and toe rings, to bands formed of pearls and diamonds, this curation features saris adorned with symbols of jewellery and precious gems, handwoven on the silk. Read the accompanying article on the kanjivaram's ornamentation here.