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
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.
Lotus(Nelumbo Nucifera) is a very ancient water plant. Lotus is one of the popular motifs used in Indian textiles, motifs are generally inspired by nature, human figures, architecture from buildings and animals so on, this flower occupies a unique place in Indian art, textiles, poetry, literature, religions purposes and mythology of ancient India. Although this flower is rooted in mud, it continues to float on the water even after emerging from the mud, it remains unstained! The flower is represented with both its opening and closing petals indicating the ups and downs of life. In fact many Hindus are infatuated with lotus flowers, Gorgeous Lotus are called by varies names such as Kamal, Tavare-gadde, Motunkamal, Utpala, Pundarika, Tamarai and Padma and are found in white, pink, red, purple and blue are found in Asian countries.
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 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.
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.
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.
Each thread narrates of a story that weaves into a magical saree, red hot Guntur city lies on the south eastern side of Hyderabad in Guntur district of Indian, state of Andhra Pradesh. This city residents are referred as Gunturians, purest forms of the language can be heard here is Telugu(regional language). One can see largest Asian market for red chillies here, this place is main producer and renowned globally for exporting of most varieties of Chillies and chilli powder from India to countries like USA, UK, Latin America, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and South Korea. Guntur sarees are known for finest cotton sarees, these sarees are worn by particularly in the coastal areas it's so simple and sober, which feels comfortable for everyday wearing. Main body of Guntur saree has single plain colors and patterns scattered here and there, with or without checks patterns and has small woven butis all over.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Summer is nearing, how about floating in air with breathtaking saree, looking for what to wear, here is the beautiful handwoven 'Kota Doria' are the best for the reason, when I wore Kota saree, It feels like, I'm floating, transparent, featherweight, soft, airy, light textured, such a beauty it is, these cosy sarees are very fine weaves and weigh very less and comfort, these gorgeous sarees are handwoven on 'traditional pit looms' and drape gracefully. This village called 'Kaithoon' twenty kms from Kota city, the weavers are located in Kota district of South east 'Rajasthan'. Kota Sarees are primarily made in Kota, Rajasthan, Mau, Uttar Pradesh as well.
Remote corner in the state of south India is famous for its traditional handloom attire called Ilkal silk sarees and Ilkal cotton sarees, named after after the town Ilkal, in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state, these traditional handwoven sarees are GI protected craft of India. Ilkal is famous for red granite stone and traditional Ilkal sarees. Localites out here are very friendly and they speak Kannada(regional language of the state), one of the main source income of this place is weaving these handwoven evergreen classic sarees. If one happens to peep around in this place, almost all house are engaged in weaving these sarees, their is no discrimination done, both men and woven are engaged in weaving to make their livelihood. Major centres of weaving is from villages of Ilkal, Kolhar, Kamatgi and Nidagundi at the Bijapur district and many of them have their own loom at home.