Kanakavalli Kanjivaram Silk Sari 040-01-103015
Kanakavalli's April pick for The Beautiful Drape is an exquisite kanjivaram from the Vault collective of classic format heirloom saris. It is woven in the adai technique, entirely by hand on a loom without the use of jacquard. As a result, the motifs and patterns are striking in their size and relief.
This kanjivaram in marlin blue shot with burgundy has twill checks in zari, highlighted with contrasting silk thread in green and enclosing four different buttas in gold zari - yalis, elephants, peacocks and chakarams. It is unusual for four strong motifs to appear so close together, and yet here they are perfectly balanced in dimension and detail, complementing one another beautifully.
The crimson borders shot with burgundy are adorned with moplah lines in green, alongside salangai or anklet patterns, muthu seeru and a band of mayil kann between two rows of thuthiripoo motifs, all in gold zari with hints of green. The pallu is woven in classic adai style, featuring a row of mann kuthirai (a particular form of the horse motif) and a row of yalis. Between these motifs is a band of large diamonds shapes, known as periya kann.
While the beauty of this sari lies in the stunning detail and relief of the traditional motifs and patterns woven in the laborious adai technique, the subtle interplay of colour adds emphasis to the drama of the weave.
The zari in this sari contains 35% of silver and 4% of gold.
Approximate Length - 5.45 meters + 0.6 to 0.65 meters (attached blouse)
Height - 1.17 - 1.27 meters.
Approximate weight - 910 grams.
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