Sarees are my passion

TALES 》 Mysore Silk Sarees from Government of Karnataka India

Melting Mysore pak to butter-soft Mysore silks by Sarees are my passion

Mysore Silk - Sarees are my passion

It is called as City of Palaces, the cultural capital of Karnataka, heritage palaces, magnificent buildings, art galleries, and monuments. Mysore has lent its name from renowned dishes like Mysore Masala Dosa which leaves me craving for melting dessert called Mysore Pak(sweet-dessert). Mysore, the original name of this city was 'Mahishapura' which is derived from the demon named Mahishasura. Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru is one of the districts in Karnataka state.

Few most attractions are Ambavilas Palace, Jaganmohan Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion Lalitha Mahal. Not only it is famous for Palaces but also in artwork such as Rosewood Inlay work, Ganjifa Art and classical south Indian painting called Mysore painting. Taking the blessing from lord Goddess Chamundeshwari from the foothills of Chamundi is a must when you visit Mysore and finally how can I forget to mention festivities that takes place here during the period of Dasara(Nadahabba) attract a worldwide audience.

In India almost each and every state has it's own saree weaved and how interesting it is to know, that India is one of the second largest consumer of silk in the world. Sarees are the most fascinating unstitched garment, that every women loves! So lets us now check the renowned traditional sarees from Karnataka which are Ilkal silk sarees, molakalmuru sarees and now comes the turn of cultural capital of south Karnataka that's the fine taste of pure Royal Mysore silks.

Roots of History and Traces
Initially the 'silk fabrics' and 'silk sarees' were manufactured exclusively for Royal family and armed forces. KSIC, was established in the year 1912 by the Maharaja of Mysore province, Naalwadi Krishnaraj Wadiar. Once Maharaja Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV went to Britain for Queen Victoria’s jubilee celebrations and during his visit he was impressed by 'Silk fabric' which was used by British royalty which was machine made, this inspired him to order 32 power-looms, from Switzerland thus begin the earliest known production of machine made silk saree in India. After India Independence, Mysore Sericulture Dept took control of the silk weaving factory, later in the year 1980 the silk weaving factory handed over to Karnataka Silk Industries Corporation Ltds(KSIC). There are presently two silk factories the first one being in Mysore(Mysuru) which is the country’s oldest silk manufacturing unit in the heart of the Mysore city and is spread over acres and the second factory which is located in T. Narasipura which is 25 kms away from the Mysore silk saree making factory and silk weaving factory in Mysore, presently owned by KSIC and this company is being certified as ISO 9001:2000, and is the only organization to give guarantee for its zari.

The weaving process involves two types of looms by which it is manufactured namely

  • Jacquard looms
  • Dobby looms

Butter soft Mysore silk saree are available in mediums such as

  • Mysore Chiffon silk saree
  • Mysore Georgette silk saree
  • Mysore Crepe silk saree
    1. Mysore semi-crepe sarees
    2. Mysore zari printed crepe silk

Unique embroidered identification code

Mysore Silk - factory unique code - Sarees are my passion

Printed seal mentioning(KSIC)Mysore silk 100% pure Mysore silk
Mysore Silk - factory seal - Sarees are my passion

Luxury Mysore silk saree varities can be sub-classified
Based on designs, border, pallu, patterns these luxury sarees can be sub-classified as zari printed saree, small mango saree, tissue Saree, traditional zari Saree, checked zari saree sunrise design saree, mango border saree, butta pallu saree, double line checks saree, embroidery design saree, rich pallu saree, Jawar border saree, zari print saree, rich pallu zari saree, big butta pallu zari, medium small checks plain saree and printsallover saree.

Fascinating facts to know more about century old saree

  • Mysore silk saree weighs anywhere between 400 and 600 grams approximately
  • Each saree is given unique embroidered identification code opposite edge of the pallu and a hologram to prevent misuse and that allows you be sure of authenticity
  • Printed seal saying(KSIC) Mysore silk 100% pure Mysore silk
  • KSIC introduces water-resistant saree for higher priced sarees
  • Zari/Jari used by KSIC will never tarnish
  • Not only plain simple weave they have but also available in printed silk sarees as well
  • Kasuti embroidery and Bandhani designs is also been added as an embellishments to variants of saree
  • More than 115 varieties of sarees and more than 300 shades of colors which are designed by the KSIC
  • They use gold, silver threads for zari/jari
  • Obtained geographical indication(GI) registration

The main body or base of the saree
The main body of Mysore silk, most popular one is plain, so if you fan of plain and simple colors make sure be careful of stains, this will show spots as well. The other ones carries checks, strips as well. Each saree is measured 5.5 width(in metres) and a blouse-piece material attached to it.

When it comes to colors there are around 300 shades of colors, some are plain and simple with single tones and some comes with contrast shades. But as far as my personal choice I love Combination with contrast shades one which I am head on heals is oil red with black!

Border the game changer
Traditional ones are most are beautifully incorporated like mango border, Gold lace border, thin zari border, Jawar border and so on.

Why there is a massive fan following for Mysore silk saree ?

  • Texture of the saree is butter-soft and hence superfine weave
  • Majority of the saree has minimalist design
  • Lustre(gentle sheen)
  • Durable
  • Non-crush quality
  • Can be gifted as a legacy collection
  • The fabric is opaque
  • It still remains brand new after years of draping it

Mysore Silk - Red Saree - Sarees are my passion

How one will feel once you drape Mysore silk saree?

  • Butter-soft-feel of the texture
  • These sarees glides and hence easy to drape
  • Light-weight elegance and delicate woven silk yarns
  • Sleek and sober look
  • Lastly the sophisticated and a statement attire can be drape for long hours so comfortably

Products not just limited to sarees alone
KSIC is not just limited to silk sarees but also has spread across there line of products which include finest of salwar kameez, designer silk sarees, men shirts, kurta’s, silk shawls, anarkali suits, stoles, silk dhoti and men’s tie soft silks, scarfs, hankeys, neck ties, stoles and ethnic clutches.

Why Mysore silk is so expensive?
The reason being why it is so expensive comparative to other silks is that they use high quality pure silk and 100% pure gold zari, this is the reason the price of Mysore silk is a bit expensive!

How to identify genuine Mysore silk

  • Printed seal saying(KSIC)Mysore silk 100% pure Mysore silk which is printed were you initially tuck the saree
  • Unique embroidered identification code as well

Fabric care for Mysore silk saree:

  • Silk fabrics is best to be given for dry-cleaning, as they use 'chemical solvent' other than water to clean the fabric, they generally use non water based solvents to remove soil and stains from fabric.
  • Avoid storing this precious sarees in polythene bags, warp these sarees in clean muslin cloth and store them.
  • Never wring the silk fabric.
  • Once in a while make sure, you change the folds of the saree.
  • Make sure these butter soft sarees to preserve against dampness and moisture.
  • Once in a year or twice in a year, also expose zari part of the sarees for few minutes to the mild-sunlight once.
  • If ironing the silk fabric, check out for silk-settings in the iron box, keep the fabric settings as medium or low heat or delicate/silk setting and iron the fabric always on backside of the silk fabric.

My personal note
I appreciate weaves across India, it's just art end of the day, no matter how cost effective the weave or how expensive to the sky, every weave requires equal amount of passion, dedication and hours of laborious work involved in it. Mysore silk is one of the aesthetically textured fabrics I have ever come across till date, I just cannot express more, one have to feel it!

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Toda Embroidery or Pukhoor ↗
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Simplicity lies the beauty- Toda Embroidery, Sarees are my passion
Tamil Nadu, the famous Mulberry silk called Kanchipuram Silks apart from this one can see magnificent craft called Toda embroidery, which is locally called as Pukhoor. This beautiful embroidery looks very refined as if it is done in a machine but done by beautiful hands, the hues such as charcoal black and pomegranate red with white canvas, what a blend of shades with impressive thread art, its mind-blowing!

Shantipuri or Santipore Cotton Saree ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Soaked in handloom tradition, deeprooted weaves
A small town called Shantipur, also called by Santipur, Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Santipur is famous for handloom sarees from ancient times, this place and surrounding region has been famous for handloom sarees. Shantipur sarees are also called by name Santipore saree. This place is famous for handloom sarees from ancient times and elegant designs inspired from nature and especially known for its superfine dhoti and handloom saree with jacquard design. In this place, they generally use 'fly shuttle' frame looms filted with jacquard invariably used in Shantipur. Graceful looking sarees have been granted and awarded GI tag(Santipore Saree). To weave double-sided design they use Do-Rookha technique, the front and the reverse side of the saree looks extractly the same.

Patola Sarees Cotton and Silk from Gujarat India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Exquisite craftsmanship, the treasured intensity of colorful art
During olden days these sarees were much in demand and loved by aristocratic and royal families. The traditional double ikat Patola which originates from Patan, small little town which is north of Ahmedabad in Gujarat state. Creating designs by tyeing knots on warp and weft, it takes around three to four months to prepare tie and dyed on warp and weft threads for one saree. Patola saree art was much of labour-intensive, with the combined effort of four weavers, it would take anywere around a six months to a year to weave a masterpiece saree from the scratch, its perseverance in doing it from the time of process of dying that is the reason it was too expensive, and was worn only by the royal and upperclass, who were able to pay for opulence.

Dharmavaram Silk Sarees ↗
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Lavish Saree of Bride, mulberry silk Dharmavaram
A beautiful city in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh state, India known for its renowned cotton, splendorous silk weaving industries and leather puppets, Dharmavaram. According to the history notes, name of the city Dharmavaram ,has been named after 'Dharmamba', who was the mother of Sri Kriyasakthi Odeyar (person, who built the first tank in the region). The economy of the town is dependent on the weaving industry. Natives of this place speak Telugu(regional language). Dharmavaram sarees is been registered as one of the geographical indication from Andhra Pradesh.

Kotpad Cotton Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Sophistication lies in simplicity of urban
Savannah, I'm coming home Savannah, by Philly K what a way to start this monsoon breeze and being cozy yet inspired! Kotpad weaves from Koraput district of Orissa, its a small village in Orissa, the fabrics of Kotpad are absolutely unique, breathable due to natural fibre, its glad to say Kotpad Handloom fabrics was first to receive GI(Geographical Indication) tag from Odisha and Kotpad adivasi tribes are still preserving the core aesthetics, making Orissa honored.

Patteda Anchu handloom cotton Saree ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Life to the an­cient looms an exclusive weave Patteda Anchu, Sarees are my passion
I remember and recollect my childhood memories, I was just nutty about cotton sarees and fabrics, not only for comfort but for simplicity. I always love to be seamless in the crowd! My passion grew regardless of the age for hand-loom sarees, today I'm here to share one more simple weave from Karnataka called Patteda Anchu handloom cotton saree.

Bandhani Sarees or Bandhej Sarees from Gujarat India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Meticulously tying the bonds of colorful junction
Bandhani is derived from Sanskrit word, bandh known as to-tie and patterns, colours are limitless. Wondering what are the varies names to Bandhani? called and known by varies names such as Bandhej, Piliya, Ghar Chola, Patori, Bandhni and in Tamil Nadu its known as Sungudi. Khatri of Kutch and Saurashtra community involved in making this colorful art since ages. Places in Rajasthan like Jaipur, Sikar, Bhilwara, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Tamil Nadu and Jamnagar in Gujarat are the well known centers producing odhnis, sarees and turbans in Bandhani.

Phulkari Embroidery ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Fascinating art- Phulkari embroidery, Sarees are my passion
Embroidery being a needle craft, with colorful yarns to make varies design and patterns and to enhance the beauty fabric, this beautiful ancient handmade embroidery called Phulkari, is from Punjab, which is regarded as very auspicious for brides during marriage ceremonies and newborns.

Kantha Art Work from India ↗
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Kantha Embroidery or Kantha art work
Kantha is one of the oldest forms of embroidery that originated in India. Earlier the Kantha sarees were usually draped by the women of West Bengal as to protect themselves against the cold weather. Kantha work is done by simple running stitches. Motifs such as fish, birds, ducks, trees, mountain, boat, footprint, animals, mosque, ratha, kantha motifs are very few examples.

How to identify a genuine Mysore Silk Saree ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
How to identify a genuine Mysore Silk Saree
Flooded with an unlimited supply of so-called duplicate, replicated and imitation Mysore silk sarees in the local wholesale market saying it is a pure Mysore silk saree, how far it is true? let us just imagine a current per gram gold price is said three thousand and above, so in original Mysore silk saree, they use extensively use gold and silver zari, how can you get a Mysore silk saree worth less than a ten thousand(INR)? This is a logically based question that many fail to think before you invest and spend your hard earned money on fake silk sarees.

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Coimbatore Cotton Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
This summer, pleasant morning with earthy cottons
Aroma of freshly brewed coffee at home is an inspiration for me in the morning, twenty nine years back, I recalled, my dad saying I bought this 'Wet grinder' from business trip on a way, to my mother and now I'm gone grey, recollecting the past hailing from business backdrop, traveling passionates me and my dad! Generally considered as traditional city, very fine cotton mills are here, well a typical saree made in Coimbatore region is called as 'Kovai Cora cotton' or 'Kovai Kora cotton' sarees. Due to extreme summers and humid climatic here, always one cannot think of wearing heavy silk or just cottons, this led to innovation of 'Coimbatore sico sarees' here. Seamless saree are a best choice of fashion garment, no matter what occasion you are in.

Pochampally Sarees and Fabric ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Pochampally sarees are sheer delight for women!
Magnificent Pochampally saree is called by varies names such as Pogudubandhu or Pochampalli Ikat, is a saree crafted in Bhoodan Pochampally, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district, Telangana State, India. Pochampally, the village was renamed to Bhoodan Pochampally. This small traditional handloom village magnificently showered and surrounded by hills, lush green fields, temples, Pochampally makes up for an exciting destination to spend one’s heart. This village is around 45Km away from Hyderabad.Telangana is one of the ancient Ikat weaving centers in India.Pochampally Ikat sarees was mainly popularized during 80's.Pochampally silk saree boasts of blending comfort and popularly known as tie and dye weave, one can see century old traditional looms here.

Madhubani art ↗
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Six yards of connoisseur folk art, Madhubani
Touch of ancient beauty, a small town were colorful artists are born, in Madhubani district in the Indian state of Bihar, Madhubani. The word 'Madhuban' means 'forest of honey' from which Madhubani is derived. Madhubani art is also known by the name 'Mithila art', Madhubani painting/Mithila painting was traditionally created by the women of the Brahman, Dusadh and Kayastha communities in Mithila region in India and it is named after Madhubani district of Bihar which is where it originated, this painting as a form of wall art was practiced widely throughout the region. Madhubani painting being accorded the coveted GI(Geographical Indication) status.

Kasuti Embroidery ↗
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Folk art of Karnataka-Kasuti Embroidery, Sarees are my passion
Graceful Mysore silk, traditional Ilkal sarees and one of the intricate hand embroidery called Kasuti embroidery hails from Karnataka, the word Kasuti is split across two words Kai which means hand and Suti meaning cotton, the activity which is done through cotton and hands. It was used on everyday apparels. Kasuti Embroidery is been given Geographical Indications, Karnataka Handicrafts Development Corporation(KHDC) holds a Geographical Indications(GI) protection for Kasuti embroidery.

Gadwal Cotton and Silk Sarees (Kupadam or Kumbbam sarees) ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The Empire of south, traditional handloom Gadwal sarees
I was listening to Keith Urban-Little Bit Of Everything. How pleasant it is ha? I want little bit gold, earthy cotton and lavish silk of everything, flashed me glorious Gadwal saree, which has little bit of everything! Gadwal a place known for harmonious coexistence of the cultures, situated between the rivers 'Tungabhadra' and 'Krishna' of Mahbubnagar district, Telangana state, India.

Linen Sarees and Fabric ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Beyond fashion edge sober linen saree, Sarees are my passion
It’s all about comfort and drape end of the day all want isn't that right? So here you go, linens and cottons are my most loved fabrics, it drapes magically graceful and yes red carpet statement attire for this season are stunning linens, don't be surprised when celebrities pop-up for special events and promotions with gorgeous linen sarees, its a spotlight attention seeking ones and these fabrics blends well with silk, cotton or even khadi and not a age factor to classify them as which age group it suits, it is one of the versatile fabric that can be appreciated by all.

Srikalahasti Art from India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
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.

Toda Embroidery or Pukhoor ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Simplicity lies the beauty- Toda Embroidery, Sarees are my passion
Tamil Nadu, the famous Mulberry silk called Kanchipuram Silks apart from this one can see magnificent craft called Toda embroidery, which is locally called as Pukhoor. This beautiful embroidery looks very refined as if it is done in a machine but done by beautiful hands, the hues such as charcoal black and pomegranate red with white canvas, what a blend of shades with impressive thread art, its mind-blowing!

Begampuri Cotton Sarees from West Bengal India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The irresistible Handloom saree, that drapes like a dream
Indian textiles are rich in artifacts, 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 sophisticated.

Kalamkari Sarees and Fabric ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Kalamkari or qalamkari is a type of hand-painted or block-printed on a Cotton Textile or Silk Textile. Produced in India, Iran. The Name Originates in Persian, from the words qalam (pen) and kari (craftsmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.