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
This Beautiful small little town is renowned for exclusive splendid handloom silk and cotton sarees, Narayanpet in Mahbubnagar district, Telangana state, India. Primary source of income for people here is from weaving sarees. This charming place is extremely hot in summer and cold in winter. Since it's a business hub for sarees people known many regional languages such as Telugu, Kannada, Urdu, Marathi and of course English as well. Narayanpet sarees is known for its durability, affordability and lower maintenance. In this modern age of Indo-western twist and fast fashion outfits, Narayapet saree still remains classy.
Apart from magnificent Kanchipuram silk sarees and Kanchi Cotton Sarees, I had no idea what are all the varies types of sarees which are from Tamil Nadu to be frank, although I am a huge enthusiast of Handwoven traditional 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.
On the banks of charming 'Vaigai river' the beautiful Madurai city is localled, the district, in Tamil Nadu state, India, this place is referred and called by various names 'Madurai', 'Koodal', 'Malligai Maanagar', 'Naanmadakoodal' and 'Thirualavai'. During 16th century due to economic crisis weavers from 'Saurashtra' and 'Gujarat' migrated to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states and some of them settled down in inviting 'Madurai'. These 'Saurashtrians' are highly skilled manufacturers of beautifully crafted fine silk garments and were patronized by Kings and their families, they were called by 'Patnulkarans' the Tamil name by which these people is well known in southern India.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most down to earth yet vibrant colors are seen in traditional attire of Ilkal, Ilkal is a small town, this town is located in the South-East part of Bagalkote district, Karnataka state, India. This place is very hot during the summers but has a pleasant weather during the winters. The language of communication here is Kannada. Ilkal was an ancient weaving centre and known for renowned handloom sarees. The main source of income comes from the 'Red granite' which is exported all around the world, while Ilkal sarees are secondary source of income for the people residing over there since generations. The availability of local raw materials helped in the growth of this saree.
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.
Venkatagiri is a small town situated in Nellore district, Andhra pradesh state, India. History of venkatagiri sarees dates back to 1700s, during the rule of Venkatagiri, the masterweaver handcrafted these sarees, specially curated for queens, royal ladies and zamindaris. These sarees were purchased for such handsome amounts that the weavers could survive with that sum of money for almost a year until they got their next order. Exclusive designs were made by the weavers on special order for the upper class only. Much of a boost and encouragement given to these sarees, by the Velugoti dynasty of Nellore and also by the Bobbili and Pithapuram dynasties, back then.
Florals are back again this season when fashion consultants start a trend to get back all the blossom floral prints time again new fashion vibes to take off...Here is a fresh light weight floral printed silk saree, which is featherweight, easy to drape and which does not go out of fashion!
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.
Jamdani is one of the finest muslin textiles of Bengal, produced in Dhaka District, Bangladesh for centuries. Jamdani originally known as 'Dhakai' named after the city of Dhaka, is called by varies names such as popularly known as Dhakai Jamdani or simply Dhakai. The word ‘jamdani’ is believed to be of Persian origin, 'Jam', meaning flower and 'Dani' meaning vase or a container, named after decorative floral patterns which discovered from Dhakai textile. This unique hand technique of weaving was called jamdani in the old days, while the weave was called Dhakai, these sarees are traditionally woven around on the brocade loom. These beautiful intricate weaves are available in mediums such as cotton and silk. One of the most expensive product of Dhaka looms, Jamdani requires the most dedicated and passionate weaver and during olden days only royal families were able to afford such luxuries.
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.