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A Complete Guide to Kancheepuram Sarees

Kancheepuram silk sarees, woven in the heart of Tamil Nadu, hold a special place in ethnic fashion. Their timeless elegance and cultural significance transform them into more than just garments. Consequently, people treasure them as heirlooms and, moreover, pass them down through generations. Here’s a complete guide to Kancheepuram sarees, from their enchanting history to tips on caring for them. 

A Legacy Woven in Silk 

Kancheepuram sarees originate from the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. The tradition of weaving these sarees dates back over 400 years. According to legend, Sage Markanda, a master weaver in Hindu mythology, introduced silk weaving in Kanchipuram. They make these sarees from pure mulberry silk and zari (a type of thread made of gold or silver).

A Symbol of Culture 

Kancheepuram silk sarees hold deep cultural significance in Indian society. People consider them auspicious; consequently, they wear them on significant occasions such as weddings, festivals, and religious ceremonies. Also, Kancheepuram sarees bring out a special aura around anyone who’s wearing it. Wearing a Kancheepuram saree is believed to bring good fortune and blessings to the wearer.  

Types of Kancheepuram Sarees 

Pure Zari and Pure Silk:

People consider these sarees the most authentic type of Kanchipuram saree because they make them from pure silk and zari.

Pure Zari & Silk/Polyester Mix:

These sarees are made with artificial silk instead of pure silk.

Pure Silk and Half-Fine Zari:

These sarees are widely available and are made with less expensive zari. 

What Makes Kancheepuram Sarees Special? 

Kancheepuram sarees are known for their intricate designs, vibrant colors, and luxurious feel. Skilled artisans hand weave each saree, and the process can take anywhere from a few days to several months. The making of one saree takes 10 days to a month because they are so intricate and complex. The borders of these sarees are typically a different color and design from the rest of the saree. 

Caring for a Kancheepuram Saree 

To maintain the quality of a Kancheepuram saree, it’s best to have it dry-cleaned. Store the saree in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and discoloration. Do not store the saree in plastic, as this can trap moisture and lead to mildew. Wrap it in a clean muslin or cotton cloth to protect the saree from dust and moisture.  

We hope you gained a better understanding of Kancheepuram, its rich history, and the incredible craftsmanship that goes into creating each saree through this complete guide to Kancheepuram sarees. We invite you to become a part of this timeless legacy. Own an authentic Kancheepuram saree from Seematti.