What are the notable features of Kanchi silk sarees?by Aarushi Reddy studant
Kanchipuram is a town located in Chennai near Tamil Nadu. This town is known across the country as the silk city of India, and the economy is based on the people who weave silk sarees. The history of silk in this town goes 400 years back when the weavers settled here and made it famous across the globe for silk production.
The silk sarees have a special place in the Indian heritage due to its importance in occasions like weddings and ceremonial functions. These sarees have a rich weave and gold borders which are the distinctive feature of these sarees. The boundaries can vary from simple sarees to colourful contrast borders with golden zari, dots and motifs. Kanchi pattu sarees are well known for their dignified look with a vivid colour combination. There are approximately 20,000 handlooms in the country, and 3 to 4 weavers work on each loom. Every year 4 to 5 lakh sarees are produced in this city.
These sarees are known as the queen of the sarees and have a noted texture, glimmer and refinement. The manufacturing of these sarees is done using the heavy silk material which gets manufactured at home. These sarees are rated based on the weight and the heavier the saree, the better the quality. The pattu sarees which are made from the Korean and Chinese silk are of lighter weight in comparison.
The silk thread which is used in these sarees is dipped into the rice water and then dried. The Kanchipuram sarees are hand woven, and the silk yarn is dyed with interleaved designs which are made of zari. This process involves twisting a silk thread which is made of silk thread and then moved with pure gold.
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