My love for Kanchipuram Sarees – Priyanka Vijayan

I have 2 strong ladies in my life who raised me to be the strong lady I’m today;my mom and her mom.
From the time I was a kid I have seen both of them wearing sarees almost always;
So for me saree is not just a garment but a symbol of power and strength.
I own sarees of all types and colors but my love for Kanchipuram silk and Kerala kasavu saree is never ending.

They form an integral part of South Indian culture. Be it marriage or get-together never we miss out a chance to flaunt this beauty.
The glossy finish of these sarees add to its class and elegance.
The famous Kanchipuram silk saree is traditionally a handwoven saree made out of mulberry silk, made in the by-lanes of the town of Kanchipuram, also known as city of thousand temples, in Tamil Nadu.
Though I own many kancheepuram sarees I have never been to kanchipuram.
All the sarees we have, we got from textiles either in kerala or tamilnadu.
I was so influenced by Save the weave movement by Isha foundation that I had to visit Kanchipuram to know more about the weaves of India.
Thats why we decided to go to Kanchipuram to get sarees for us and our relatives for my sister’s wedding.
Located about 75 km from Chennai in Tamilnadu state of southern India, Kanchipuram is a temple town renowned for its majestic temple architecture and Silk sarees.
Of the 108 holy temples of the Hindu god Vishnu (DivyaDesams), 14 are located in Kanchipuram. We managed to visit few of the temples also during our trip.
Thereafter through a localite we managed to reach out to weavers directly and fulfilled my wish to witness and experience the weaving process.
We purchased all our sarees directly from them and those are undoubtedly the best sarees I own till now.
People say kanchipuram sarees are costly but trust me after seeing how much effort they put in making a single saree you’ll never feel the same.

The weaver weaves the border, body and pallu of the saree separately and later interlocks to create a single piece and a bridal saree takes almost 25 days to complete.
Kanchipuram saree for sure is an investment according to me because I still wear my mom’s and grandmother’s saree and it never lose it’s charm even after so many years.
When it comes to wedding trousseau there is nothing like kanchipuram; exuding the royalty and elegance which no other sarees can portray. Wearing one, you will defenitely stand out in the crowd. Kanchipuram saree is a timeless beauty and for the same reason is a must in every saree lovers wardrobe, no wonder are called queen of silks and women since now and then are extremely passionate about the same.
– Priyanka Vijayan

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