About Kanchipuram or Kanjivaram Silk Saree

Kanchipuram or Kanjivaram Silk Saree





The Kanchipuram silk saree (also spelled as Conjeevaram, Kanjeevarum, Kanjiwaram, Kanjivaram) is a type of silk saree made in the Kanchipuram region in Tamil Nadu, India. The sarees are woven from pure mulberry silk thread. The pure mulberry silk used in the making of Kanchipuram sarees comes from South India and the zari comes from Gujarat. Synonymous with the sarees of South India, these are the mark of culture for every south Indian wedding, ceremony or occasion by most women in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. The silk used in the creation of Kanjivaram saree is extremely fine as well as durable and is one of the most popular forms of silk in the state of Tamil Nadu. Kanjivaram sarees of India make use of a combination of numerous colored threads.


  • The Making


The silk that is obtained from the sericulture of the mulberry worm is finely converted to produce the Kanjeevaram silk. The procedure of making an Indian Kanchipuram saree commences with the task of preparing the thread, which is used at the weaver's loom. This involves, first, twisting the thread and then, dying and drying it in the sun. The border, the body and the pallu of the sari are created separately by the weaver. Then, he interlocks them together in an extremely tight joint. The cost of the saree depends upon the amount of zari intertwined with the silk. The more the zari work, the more expensive the sari will be.

  • Variety


  1. Pure silk and pure zari Kanchipuram Silk Saree

  2. Pure silk and textile/half-fine/tested zari Kanchipuram Silk Saree

  3. Polyester/silk mix and pure zari Kanchipuram Silk Saree

  4. Plain Kanchipuram Silk Saree with Gold Border

  5. Temple Border Kanchipuram Silk Saree

  6. Modern Kanchipuram Silk Sarees

  7. Traditional Kanchipuram Silk Saree

  8. Floral Weave Kanjivaram Silk Sarees


  • Weaving


The sarees are woven from pure mulberry silk thread. The pure mulberry silk used in the making of Kanchipuram saris comes from South India and the zari comes from Gujarat. To weave a Kanchipuram sari three shuttles are used. While the weaver works on the right side, his aide works on the left side shuttle. The border color and design are usually quite different from the body. If the pallu (the hanging end of the sari) has to be woven in a different shade, it is first separately woven and then delicately joined to the Sari. The part where the body meets the pallu is often denoted by a zig zag line. In a genuine Kanchipuram Silk Sari, body and border are woven separately and then interlocked together. The joint is woven so strongly that even if the sarees tears, the border will not detach. That differentiates the kanchivaram silk sarees from the others.


  • Maintenance


Dry cleaning is the preferred method. One should keep them outside plastic bags in a nicely folded state. One can use some pre washing techniques as well.

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