TALES 》 Kasavu (Kerala) Saree
Mind blowing nature, abundant coconut trees, endless backyard greenery, peppercorns, famous backwaters, lush tea and rubber plantation, elegant houseboats, simple and hospitable smile, coffee, cardamom, Kalaripayattu the martial arts, Kutiyattam (theater art), elephants, thundering Kathakali classical Indian dance, Pookalam, coastal foods, Ayurveda, thick forest, richest temples in the world, highest literacy rate in India, traditional taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Naalukettu houses, temple festivals, gigantic western ghats yes it's known as God's Own Country, Kerala!
Kerala a state situated on the tropical Malabar Coast of southwestern India. Kerala historically known as Keralam. Malayalis are the native people of Kerala who speak Malayalam, the official language of the state. Kerala is bestowed with a pleasant and equable climate through out the year. Ancient 5000 year old medical science called Ayurveda orginated in Kerala. One popular theory derives Kerala from Kera (coconut tree in Malayalam) and alam is land, thus land of coconuts. Ultimate heaven for laid back tourist to enjoy pleasant greenery.
Richest and divine hindu temple in the world called
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple (deity Vishnu) is situated
in Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala state capital). The lord Vishnu in this temple is in posture Anantha Shayanam. Variety of dishes traditionally
served on a banana leaf in Kerala called Sadhya means banquet in Malayalam. Traditional colorful piece of art called
as Pookalam called in regional language Malayali, which literally means colorful flower Rangoli. The people of
Kerala are the most simple people and very down to earth. They like to live in their own world of simplicity and originality.
They are known as Keralites, since they are natives of Kerala. Rich in culture and traditional, temple dances thunder in night.
Fishing is a way of life in the coast.
Shopping in Kerala makes for a delightful experience and souvenirs. Perfect blend of products and offers a shopping experience, here are few you should not miss. Bagging tea & coffee is an important part of shopping in Kerala, aromatic oils and essence, King of Spices pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, cashewnuts, jewellery, Uru Models, Handicrafts, Kasavu Saree(Kerala Saree), Kathakali Mask, Sea Shell Showpieces, Wooden Idols, Nettipattom, Taste buding 'plantain chips' or also known as 'Banana chips' you should not miss it, this snack is deep fried in coconut oil and taste excellent. Nilavilakku (Traditional Lamp), Wooden pestle, Nettur Casket (Nettoor Petti), Mural Painting (Temple Painting), Aranmula Kannadi, Coir Products, Coconut Shell Handicrafts and pure gold ornaments.
Kerala Kasavu (a.k.a Kerala sari) which was originally known as Mundum Neryathum. You can see more prominent colors such as white, half white, beige and ivory in Kerala Kasavu sarees. White and gold is always considered as a traditional combination. Kasavu saree is a must, during important occasions particularly during festivals and religious event.
Kasavu saree have special reputation all over India and globe, for it's fineness unbleached cotton handloom count natural colors, texture and gold borders. Simple and sober sarees are available in Cotton and silk sarees as well. Golden border is either pure golden layer, copper coated or artificial. Women in Kerala traditionally used to wear a two piece cloth named ‘settu mundu’, also known as ‘mundum neriyathum’ with natural body color and golden or numerous other shades in border, which when worn, exactly look like a saree.
Main body of this saree is either plain or handcrafted with traditional motifs such as flowers, peacocks, mangoes and Swan etc.
Pallu which is a main highlight of the saree. The cost of the saree depends on the master-work done on the pallu.
The intricate depicts Hindu mythology such as Mahabharata and Ramayana in the pallu region or even floral patterns. Based on
the current trends, designers have crafted these sarees by adding embellishments like thread work,
stones or sequins, fabric painting and contrasting colors. Well-designed border gives a royal and unique appeal. If you are connoisseur
than you should have a piece of handcrafted Kerala Kasavu sarees in your closet.
Fabric care for Kasavu cotton saree
Do check out for specific care instructions on the garment once you purchase and follow the instructions carefully, it addition to it, here are certain guidelines
- One can give for dry clean
- If washing at home, than use mild detergent(delicate mode wash cycle) at home, and if their are any embellishments in the saree better not to wash in washing machine rather give for dry cleaning
- Never squeeze or wring the fabric
- Once wash cycle is done, dry these sarees in a shade, dyes might start to fade under direct sunlight
- One can definitely starch the saree as well
- Ironing is a must to remove wrinkles from fabric, in a medium-high heat
- Avoid storing these sarees in polythene bags
Colorfully yarns woven on a handloom by the weavers of Tamil Nadu, this sarees hails from the temple city 'Kanchipuram', well Known and called by many names Kanchi, Kanjivaram, Kanjeevaram and Conjevaram. Kancheepuram district is situated on the north east coast of Tamil Nadu. Kanchi cottons are distinguished by beautiful motifs woven, handwoven sarees are soft, airy and yet comfortable. Silk and cotton sarees of Kanchipuram are inspired by the temple designs.
High tea or any festive occasion, not always one prefer's a saree which are too bright and jazzy, many times I appreciate simple plain weaves, one such elegant weave is Dupion! It has its own corporate rustic look what more one just want to express? Dupion is also called by Douppioni or Dupioni. One of the oldest city in India is Varanasi(Banaras), this city is located on the banks of the Ganges in the Uttar Pradesh state and it is one of the Major centers of manufacturing these Dupion silks.
The rich and colorful yarns pepping around, splashy Uppada, is a beach town in east Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh state, Indian. Road trip, it just takes thirty minutes drive to reach Kakinada from Uppada town, also known for fishery station for Prawns, fishes here. Fascinating beautifully handwoven sarees known as Uppada sarees are famous and these sarees were named after Uppada village. Handloom industry has retained the age old rich tradition of hand weaving in our country. Padmasali community is the major caste here engaged in the weaving of these wonderful sarees, which are very artistic, a blend of zari work is a add-on to give a charm to the saree. Proud to the state, Uppada Jamdani Sarees, gets geographical indication.
Kollegala is also called as 'Silk City' and renowned for its handloom silk saree industry, much popular for reeling and twisting of silk. Silk weaving is the tradition in many parts of our country, almost each the state has its own cluster, the majority of the weaving skills are been heirlooms.
Kanchipuram is also known as Kanchi/Kachiped/Kancheepuram. Kanchipuram is a district in the northeast of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Kanchipuram nickname is called as The City of Thousand Temples and served as the capital city of the Pallava Kingdom.
The south Indian women are not complete without a lustrous Kanchipuram saree. With bright contrasting borders. During occasions such as Diwali (or Deepavali), Pongal, weddings and festivals, only Upper-caste families used to purchase of many silk saris. Current trends on Kanchipuram sarees, silver is being used in addition to gold. The famous 'Kamakshi Amman Temple' is a must if you are visiting Kanchipuram place the deity here is Parvati.
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.
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.
You call them as pet birds, the bird of love, best known for fortune-telling, these small little birds who are extremely friendly, many times repeating people’s words and phrases. As a child, I do recollect when I used to shop, I used to say parrot green not much of shade/tones or hues I knew those days and Parrot are called by varies names such as Tota, Kili, gini, Popata, Chiluka, tatta, shua and so on and it is considered as auspicious symbol having one.
Parrot motifs, many a times often used in couture designed for both brides and grooms and are prominently present in textiles from West Bengal, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. Parrot motifs are widely used in Chanderi sarees, Paithani saree of Maharashtra, Kanchipuram Organza sarees, Kanchipuram silk sarees, Pochampally silk sarees and the art sarees called Kalamkari, this cute bird symbolising passion and courtship.
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.
If we have the khadi spirit in us, then we would surround ourselves with simplicity in every walk of life - by Mahatma Gandhi
Khadi is also known as khaddar, it is Handwoven natural fiber cloth, this cloth is usually woven from cotton and may also include wool, silk, which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called charkha. This fine spun khadi is known for softness, when one starts to wear this saree definitely will be hooked on this fabric, no matter its summer or spring, Khadi is not only used as fashion statement these days but are often seen as markers of particular communities, groups and towns.
A couple of years back when I traveled to the ancient city Madurai, I visited this historic Hindu temple called Meenakshi Amman temple in Tamil Nadu, the architecture and the art impressed me! In the temple streets, I had a glance of wonderful cotton sarees which was showcased, I knew before visiting Madurai about Sungadi cotton sarees, but you get to see other versions of saree which not much many of them are aware in that place, basically it is a simple cotton saree in contrast shade.
This beautiful garment is worn by women across India and Bangladesh. The origin of these sarees and roots dates back in Bengal, later produced in Murshidabad, but currently 'Bishnupur' town of 'Bankura district' and its surrounding places of West Bengal. Baluchar town from where it derives its name as Baluchari sarees. This marvelous place is famous for its exquisite terracotta temples and Malla Shree Krishna Raslilla. Beautifully made 'terracotta craft' is well known in this place. People here predominantly speak Bengali.
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.
Well, many of them are not aware of this weave in the same state, it's an irony. Lack of awareness and less usage leads to this stage. It was in the year 2016 I first saw the Patteda Anchu Saree and I was very impressed at the first glance, for its simplicity and minimalistic weave, no woven designs these characteristics caught my attention towards this weave. Being and brought up in Karnataka, I was just familiar with Ilkal Saree, Molakalmuru Saree, KSIC Mysore Silk, Banahatti Saree, Hubli Saree because my mother had these magnificent weaves, and she wore them very often. When I told her about Patteda Anchu Saree, she was astonished and happy to shop one...
On the banks of holy river Ganga in Varanasi District, Uttar Pradesh state of North India, a spiritual city called Varanasi, this city is also called by the name Kashi, Benares and Banaras. Its a major religious hub, Hindus believe that death in the city will bring salvation, making it a major centre for pilgrimage. Kashi Vishwanath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva is Among the twelve Jyotirlingas. A Banarasi saree is a saree made in Varanasi, these Banarasi sarees became more popular during the Mughal era. Its not a simple and easy tasks to weave these sarees, much of unity, team work is involved, atleast three craftsmen work together to make up one saree, ha that's passion.