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Sarees are my passion

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India is rich in art, crafts, culture, heritage Royal history, tradition, the architecture of course in intricate textiles as well and the history of saree is traced back during Indus Valley Civilisation.

Based on varies religions influences a saree is called by names such as sari, shari, chira, or Shadi. and ahead a saree is divided into five important segments namely the main body of the saree or also called as the base of the saree. Secondly border, thirdly the most decorative part of the saree is the pallu or also called as the falling edge of the saree in times called as the head piece. Fourth blouse(unstiched garment) which sometimes comes woven with the saree and lastly tassels or Kuchu.

A Saree is nothing to do with religion, caste and creed. The best part of this saree is one size fits all, so you never have to worry about sizing and measurements unlike the dress. But you get 6, 8 and 9 yards sarees.

In India, Saree is worn daily as well and especially during auspiciousness occasions like big fat weddings and other rituals like haldi, engagement, temples, festivals, house-warming ceremony and a baby shower as well.

Due to diverse culture and influence, each and every religion in India have their own style of draping this gorgeous Saree in South India Tamil Nadu state we have the popular Madisaru style and Pinkosu, from Karnataka we have something like traditional drape Bootheyara and Coorgi style. From the land of God's own country Kerala the outstanding Tattdukuka style and Namboothiri. The most relaxed Goan style is Kunbi drape. Much prominent drape is Nauvari style from Maharashtra. Renowned drape from Andhra Pradesh is Kaccha Kattu, Venukagundaram and Gochi Kattu drape.

The most outstanding sarees are Mysore silks, Ilkal, traditional Molakalmuru, luscious Chanderi, handcrafted Kanthas, God's own country Kasavu, traditional Madurai sungudi sarees, grand Gadwal cottons, Queen of silks called as handwoven Kanjivaram, luscious Chanderi, rustic Kalamkari, chequered weave Kota Doria, new age seamless linens, classic Banarasi and so on...

Saree is not just a product to sell, it is a masterpiece of art which travels across the globe!

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Niche Korvai Kanchipuram Pattu Saree
Niche Korvai Kanchipuram Pattu Saree ↗

Two main reasons why people go to Kanchipuram is firstly to Kanchi Kamakshi Amman temple to take blessings from her, which is the most important shakti peetha temples in India and secondly to SHOP SHOP and SHOP again for all the stunning bride, for a BIG fat Indian wedding. Kanchivaram is a traditional silk saree from south India and each and every house would have endless collections of these pattu sarees. Basically, pattu means in regional Tamil language silk. Korvai is one of the complex technique used to weave Kanchipuram silk sarees, not all sarees which are woven in Kanchipuram are Korvai. These traditional Korvai Kanchivaram pattu saree are most priced, it would take anywhere between twenty days and above to weave one masterpiece saree, depending on the designs and complexity. So let us now have a look at impressive Korvai Kanchipuram pattu saree.

Chirala Cotton and Silk Sarees ↗

A Coastal town, situated in Prakasam District in the state of Andhra Pradesh called Chirala, this town was also known as 'Kshirapuri'. Chirala town is renowned for handlooms. Years passed by, the town gained popularity for its excellent handloom sarees known for the softness and durability. The name Chirala means saree in Telugu and so eventually the name of the town got transformed to Chirala. Main occupation of this village is handloom weaving and paddy cultivation.

The weavers of Chirala produce, cotton sarees, seico sarees which are a fine blend of cotton and silk fibres and kuppadam(Gadwal type), Generally in Chirala they use 'Fly shuttle loom' is been used. Handloom fabrics of Chirala are soft and most comfortable to wear which suites all the climate, hand butta is another fascinating design feature of Chirala sarees, where colours are manually added in-between the zari design. This artistic lineage is carried forward by the weavers belonging to areas like Devanga, Padmasali and Pattusali community of weavers community.

Tant Sarees ↗

Traditional flawlessness crispy weaves to flaunt

What reminds everyone when I says Bengali is mouth watering and luscious dessert 'Rasgulla' and 'Mishti doi' to name the most popular ones in the list and of course Bengali cotton sarees. The medium of communication here is Bengali. The traditional attire of Bengali women is simple forms of these Tant sarees takes around two days to weave and more intricate designs could even take five to six days to complete a saree. Generally Tant saree comes in pastel shades with beautiful thick borders.

The history Tant, particularly the Jamdani and muslin became famous during Mughal era, but the British wanted to destroy the cream of art, to safeguard the textile industry they followed the direction which was given by Royal hands. The partition of Bengal province of British India and departure of British from India many skilled weavers, masterweavers they had to settle themself in beautiful places Nadia, Burdwan, Hoogly of West Bengal the incentive, aid provided by the Government, this is how the new seed was grown and become famous.

Begampuri Cotton Sarees ↗

The irresistible Handloom saree, that drapes like a dream

Indian textiles are rich in artefacts, Begampur is a small town in Hooghly district in West Bengal, the sarees woven here carries deep and bright colours. The economy of this place depends on textiles and also famous for dhotis. What reminds everyone when you say Bengal is handwoven cotton sarees and is the center for fine cotton weaving and these Begampuri cotton sarees are known for loosely woven light-weight and translucent and are extremely comfortable to drape. These cotton beauties would take one to two days to weave which are very simple ones and more intricate designs could even take five to six days to complete, although the saree fabric named after the city, the subtle madness look after wearing them is absolutely sophistigated.

Warli art (Warli painting)
Warli art (Warli painting) ↗

Exploring Warli Art, the folk tales!

Warli or Varli are the indigenous tribe or adivasis, Warli tribe hailing from mountains, coastal regions in and around the borders of rural Thane district and Dhule district of Maharashtra and Gujarat states of India. The term Warli is derived from ‘warla’ or ‘varla’ meaning a piece of land. Originally hunters, the Warli tribe later settled down as tenders of agricultural lands. The Varlis are non-aryan tribes, who are firm believers of sun and moon. Practically, the Warlis never worshipped man-made idols. Warli people are a simple folk with simple beliefs that govern their lives. The language of communication with them is mostly in Marathi, Konkani, Sanskrit, Gujarati or Khandeshi Bhil. Unique character of this tribe is that they don't much speak, because Warlis believe that words have an uncanny habit of suddenly becoming into reality, so they ensure they don’t speak anything untoward lest it becomes true! The Main occupation of these people is agriculture. Rice is the staple food of the Warlis.

Kalamkari Applique artwork
Kalamkari Applique artwork ↗

Kalamkari Applique work: A story or a theme is being narrated in the form of patch art called Applique. Applique art dates back centuries ago, Applique work is one of the oldest forms of design in the world and still are used across the globe. Applique is a art decorating one fabric to other which includes Layering, patching, applying. What I noticed is that, they use straight stitch or running stitch, these two are very commonly used stitches practiced while attaching Applique patches on a base fabric.

Applique work is used extensively in quilting. You can see in my portrait, yellow cotton saree, this meticulous piece of art called 'Kalamkari Applique work' (machine embroidered applique) I feel like I'm standing in an art gallery, I loved the art involved in it, its makes me fascinating! This exquisite art work can be created in fabrics, plastics, metals, paper etc.

Srikalahasti art
Srikalahasti art ↗

Magic of Srikalahasti artist, Srikalahasti style

Here is yet another Srikalahasti style kalamkari saree from my closet depicting various avataras(descent) of Lord Vishnu such as Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Vamana, Narasimha, etc.

If you love art or a connoisseur or statement piece collector than you should grab one of these in your Timeless collections and one can wear these colorful handcrafted Srikalahasti style kalamkari sarees for board meetings, art festivals, raas(dandiya Raas), temples, etc.

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