Originating from the city of temples, Kanchipuram silk sarees have never failed to mesmerize us with their glorious weaves and shades. Adding charm to the meticulously woven silk fabric are the spectacular motifs inspired by the city itself. These motifs are not only for aesthetic appeal but also symbolize the traditions and culture of the region around kanchipuram in South India.
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The Palatial Yaanai or Elephant Motif:
The majestic and proud animals in life and in stories, elephants are an integral part of Kanchi pattu sarees. Symbolizing wealth and power, you can see rows of elephants skillfully sculptured in the temples of the South in pillars, maadam and gopuram. In addition, they also depict God Vinayaka or lovingly called ‘Pillayar’ associated with words and wisdom. The yaanai motifs woven in golden and silver zari threads along the body and the border of the Kanchi silk sarees in contrasting shades have proven to be a mesmerizing treat to the eyes.
The Mystic Iruthalaipakshi or Ganda-Berunda Motif:
What can be more delightful than flaunting a glorious mythical creature that has deep roots in the rich history of South India on your regal Kanchipuram silk saree? The name Ganda-Berunda or two-headed bird symbolizes Lord Vishnu. It was also the symbol of the Kingdom of Wodeyar of Mysore and remains as the emblem of the Karnataka Government symbolizing strength. Iruthalaipakshi motifs are woven into Kanchipuram silk sarees not only for embellishing the fabric but to depict the strength and courage of the women who adorn it!
The Imperial Yaali Motif:
Rightfully described as imperial, Yaali is a mythical creature that combines the features of Lion, Elephant, Horse or Snake. Though the part-lion, part-elephant, part-horse looks ferocious, they depict power and positivity. As the vahana of Budhan, one of the navagrahas, they are meticulously woven in the Kanchipuram silk sarees against vibrant shades visualizing the sculptures of temples in various forms such as Elephant Yaali or Lion Yaali along the body or the border.
The Lush Vanasingharam Motif:
As the name indicates, Vanasingharam translates to ‘Glory of the forest’. Woven with various elements such as vines, flowers, creepers, birds, animals and a lot more that reminisces us of the lush green forest, the Vanasingharam motif is one of the oldest and classic motifs of our traditional Kanchi pattu sarees. Capturing the beauty, the Kanchipuram silk acts as the silk canvas to jot down the Vanasingharam motifs and transform the fabric into wearable art.
The Quintessential Arai Maadam Motif:
Pertaining to the beauty of the nine yards silk saree or commonly known as Madisaar saree, Arai Maadam motifs were exclusively used in the borders of this saree. Over time, these pretty half diamond-shaped motifs found their way to the 6 yards saree, with its flamboyant ubiquity which when worn straight or reverse, the pattern looks uniform. When married women wear madisaar saree with arai maadam motif, it portrays the love and equality between the couple.
The Vintage Seepu Reku Weave:
Korvai is an evergreen weaving technique that combines the body of the saree with the border, thus producing the contemporary and contrasting shades of Kanchipuram silk sarees. As a hallmark three shuttle weaving technique, one of the most used korvai borders is the reku korvai, which amalgamates broad temple motifs such as thalampoo reku, gopuram reku and seepu reku. The vintage seepu reku is an extravagant weave that resembles comb and can be found in the borders of the Kanjivaram silk sarees.
The S Studio, the one-stop boutique for Kanchi Silk Sarees:
If you are looking to shop for your favourite shades of Kanchipuram Silk Sarees with elegant traditional motifs, then The S Studio, Chennai is your one-stop shop! With designs and colours of varying range straight from the handlooms of traditional weavers, it is time to add Kanchi silk sarees of every shade to your wardrobe.