The name Kanjeevaram itself instantly gives goose bumps. Kanjeevaram Silk Saree is a magnificent and artistic creation of highly skilled craftsmen. A small town Kanchipuram located near Bangalore city of South India is the hub of this art. The secret behind this world-famous silk is the quality, which makes it an eternal piece of fabric.
Weaving of this elegant wonder goes back 400 years. This craft started during the ruling period of Krishna Devaraya from the Vijayanagara Empire. Two major weaving communities of Andhra Pradesh, the Devangas & Saligars migrated to the town of Kanchipuram. After migration, these communities used their excellent skills to make the Kanjeevaram Silk Saree.
Initially, the motifs and designs on the saree were images of scriptures and figurines found on the temples around the village. However these days one can also see the motifs from great epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, along with the Bhagwad Gita. Contemporary patterns along with tribal designs can also be seen nowadays.
Kanjeevaram Silk saree is made by using a combination of numerous colored threads. And the main attraction of the sarees is the fine and intricate Zari Work. The magnitude and texture of these sarees are just amazing and it is almost prepared for 10-20 Days.
Making Of Kanjeevaram Silk Saree
The process of making Kanjeevaram Silk Saree involves, firstly the task of preparing the thread, which is used as weavers loom. It includes first the twisting of thread and then dying & making it dry in the sunlight. The border, pallu, and body of the saree are created separately by the weaver and then is interlocked using the extreme tight joint.
This fabric is an inherent part of several traditional & religious functions. Over decades, Kanjeevaram silk has been evolving in terms of design and pattern but hasn’t lost its charm. The silk that is obtained from the sericulture of the mulberry worm is finally converted to produce the Kanjeevaram silk.