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Ethnic Indian Sarees :: Kasaragod sarees

Written by: Bindu Lakshmi Kankipati - Published: 26-Jun-2017

Land of shrines, beaches, rivers, hills and forts

Kasaragod district is a small town situated in Malabar Region of Kerala–God's Own Country, India. The name Kasaragod is derived from the word 'Kusirakood' meaning Nuxvomica forests(Kanjirakuttom), this green land is surrounded by north east Karnataka, Arabian sea and south Kannur and more beautified by land of temples, mosques and churches. The Official Language of this place is 'Malayalam' and they are well known by 'Tulu' and 'Konkani' as well. Kasaragod experiences a Tropical monsoon climate.

The traditional Hand-loom Kasargode sarees are manufactured in this region, these Handwoven sarees is inexpensive and can be wearable daily. These traditional ethnic sarees are specially treasured and worn by every keralite during any traditional occasions and are known for 'quality', 'colour pattern on borders', 'durability' and 'traditional designs'. Kasaragod sarees are best known for cotton sarees of fine count like 60s, 80s, and 100s , recent versions have made available for a blend of artificial silk saree. Kasaragod sarees is registered and recognized under Geographical indication tag (GI tag), under the geographical indication Act- 1999. The weaving community who are involved in weaving these traditional sarees are 'Shaliya community' is also known by various names such as 'Saliya' or 'Chaliyan'.

It is said that, due to humid conditions these sarees become popular. The main body of the saree is either plain or with woven small or medium woven stripes and checks patterns in tie & dye technique to obtain solid attractive borders, in addition to it extra weft butta is also sometimes woven to enhance the charm to the saree. The pallu is made with jacquard and dobby sometimes. The "Kasargod weaver’s society" has taken the initiative by training the people required to weave these sarees, and to sustain their livelihood.