Nov 19 2008
The Kanjeevaram saree gets its name from the town it originated in – Kanchipuram. Kanchipuram, is a little temple town located about 76 kms from Chennai (Madras) in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
The Kanjeevaram sari is made of a heavy silk, so durable that it can be washed in water at home. A hallmark of Kanjeevaram silk is the bold and bright color, favored by almost every Indian woman.
The tradition started about 400 years ago, when the sarees were actually woven in the temples.
The Kancheepuram silk sarees is noted for its double warp and double weft. In a genuine Kancheepuram silk saree, the border, body and the pallu are woven separately and then interlocked together. This joint is woven so strongly that even if the saree tears, the pallu or border will not detach.