Kanakavalli Kanjivaram Silk Sari 040-01-105012
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 multiple distinct shades in perfectly contrasting and complementary hues. The magenta pallu is attached to the 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 checks in gold tissue, grey, dark brown and burnt orange. 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 navy blue and the other in green, and are adorned with a orange moplah pattern, bhugodi triangles, thuthiripoo motifs and the delicate creeping vine or kodi visiri.
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 elephant and parrot motifs woven in mirror image, and flanked by diamond patterns.
This sari is woven with zari containing 50% of silver and 4% gold.
Approximate Length - 5.4 mtrs + 0.65 to 0.7 mtrs (attached blouse)
Height - 46 - 50"
Approximate weight - 820 gms
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