Kanakavalli Kanjivaram Silk Sari 040-01-104981
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 pastel pink kanjivaram shot with ruby red has twill checks in dark khaki beige and black, enclosing four different buttas in black - 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 red borders shot with dark brown are adorned with moplah lines in mustard yellow, alongside salangai or anklet patterns, muthu seeru and a band of mayil kann between two rows of thuthiripoo motifs, in dark khaki beige and black 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.
Approximate Length - 5.45 meters + 0.6 to 0.65 meters (attached blouse)
Height - 1.17 - 1.27 meters.
Approximate weight - 790 grams.
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