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An exploration of the Kanchipuram saree
Hailing from the temple city of Kanchipuram, popularly known as the ‘city of silk’, the Kanchipuram saree is a sacred element in the world of fashion, revered for its rich heritage and sought after for its unique artisanal style.
Even though the world lauds Kanchipuram’s silk wares, the origins of the city’s rise to weaving mastery began with cotton. It would be later that silk gradually overtook cotton as the more popular material of choice for crafting.In our eyes, both saree disciplines hold distinctive beauty, irreplaceable in their own right.
The essence of ‘Kanchipuram’
The celebrated Kanchipuram silk sarees are works fit for the Gods themselves. Necessarily handwoven (as it has been for the past 150 years), each masterpiece-garment showcases rich gold borders, traditional designs and dense fabric in contrast colours. The gold zari thread which typically forms the motif or pattern work on the body and pallu, infuses a degree of opulence to the overall aesthetic.
Its features of glimmer, permanence and refinement make the Kanchipuram saree special in its standing among the thousands of styles originating from the Indian subcontinent.
The heavy silk and gold-tinged nature of the Kanchipuram saree imbue it with a temperament of celebration and gaiety, which leads it to be worn on special occasions and during festivities. As such, the Rithihi curation for this exotic and singular handwoven style of sarees is a grand declaration of our love for its representation of elation through art, served to audiences with absolute fervour.