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Ethnic Indian Saree Motifs :: Yali motif

Written by: Bindu Lakshmi Kankipati - Published: 24-Aug-2017

The ferocious Yali!

Appearance during Weddingbells, Ceremonies as guest how special it would be? It is believed to be more powerful than Lion, Tiger or elephant, often sculpted in the walls and pillars, seen in south Indian temples and many a times seen in entrance of temples and homes to keep away evil.

It is called by varies names such as Yali, Vyala, Vidala in Sanskrit and Leogryph (part lion and part griffin)in English. In iconography mythical beast Yali is portrayed as head of a Lion, tusks of an elephant(gaja), catlike elegant body, tail of a serpent(snake) and they became much prominent in south Indian sculptures during 16th century. Even the masterweavers of Kanchipuram are inspired by traditional motifs inspired by temple art, the luxury mulberry silks are handcrafted in Yali motifs.

Yali Motif on Kanchipuram Silk Saree

Yali motifs are inspired and used widely in products such as Luxury silk sarees, Wall hanging, carpets, Kalamkari paintings, Decorative throw pillows, Vintage brass used as decorative items, Printed silk stoles, Heritage pendant, Carved wooden Yali, Ceramic art, Folk paintings and many more beyond wish list.

Catch a glimpse of Yali in

  • Yali pillars in Aghoreshwara Temple in Ikkeri, Sagara taluk, Shimoga district, Karnataka, India
  • Yali seen in sculptures inside oldest temple in the town of Kanchipuram known as Kailasanathar temple, Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Yali seen in sculptures of Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu state, India

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The Sacred Lotus, petals on beauty

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. In general these beautiful Lotuses in textiles are woven, stiched, embellished, embroidered, patched as Applique, block printed and many varies ways in fabrics, and not to forget Lotus is the national flower of India!