Kanakavalli Kanjivaram Silk Sari 040-01-103022
One of Kanakavalli's November picks for The Beautiful Drape, this stunning kanjivaram is woven on a traditional adai loom, featuring laborious hand weaving techniques unique to the craft, and showcasing a splendid interplay of colour with rich gold zari.
The sari has four distinct shades in perfectly contrasting and complementary hues. The ink blue pallu is attached to the blue grey body using the classic petni technique in which the weaver joins the threads of the body to the threads of the pallu entirely by hand. This ancient and painstaking process allows the pallu to be woven in a contrasting colour to that of the body of the sari, which is woven with gold checks enclosing a slightly elongated rudraksh motif. The sari has korvai borders, the jointed border attachments that are a defining feature of the queen of silks and offer themselves to a myriad possibilities for colour play. The borders follow the ganga jamuna layout, one side woven in vermillion and the other in yellow, and are adorned with a green moplah pattern, highlighted by muthu seeru, tiny bhugodi triangles, thuthiripoo motifs and mayil kann motifs.
The adai loom was traditionally used before the advent of jacquard weaving, and while it requires precision and the meticulous skill of the weaver, it also lends itself to designs woven in exquisite relief. The pallu of this sari is beautifully adorned with the classic pairing of maan (deer) and kuthirai (horse) woven in mirror image, alongside diamond patterns and kamalam buttis, edged by a delicate pattern known as paneer sombu.
This sari is woven with zari containing 50% of silver and 0.4% gold.
Approximate Length - 5.3 meters + 0.55 to 0.6 meters (attached blouse)
Height - 1.17 - 1.27 meters.
Approximate weight - 805 grams.
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