Kancheepuram/Kanjivaram is a small temple town in the State of Tamil Nadu in South India, famous for its traditional silk .The town of Kanchipuram is about 70 Kms from Chennai. It was the capital city during the reign of the Pallavas. Some of the famous Temples in Kanchipuram are the Kamakshi Amaan Temple, Varadaraja Swami Temple, Ekambareswar Temple and so on. It is one of the Holy cities of the Hindus.It is in this town that the Kanjivaram silk saree is woven. It is certainly a unique and very popular saree.
Silk weaving is a cottage industry in Kancheepuram. Also, Mulbery silk is procured from Bangalore and the zari is procured form Gujarat. Six yards of saree is woven in the looms in Kanchipuram. The border, body and pallu (shoulder throw) of the sarees are created separately and then joined together. Further , it would take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to create a beautiful silk saree.
Silk sarees are produced in stunning colours with contrasting colour borders. Stripes, checks butis (dots) are some of the popular patterns used in crafting the Kanjivaram silk saree. Some sarees have no zari either on the body or on the pallu while others have extensive zari on the border, the body and the pallu. These silk sarees are created with beautiful silk embroidery or jacquard embroidery.
There are looms in several houses in this town and the sarees are woven there.
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