Introduction


Sari-the 6 yard, unstitched, runny garment over and around the body, fiddle with little tucks and pulls is the perfect Indian female piece of clothing which speaks of the beauty, grace, dignity, poise and also the power hidden in every single Indian woman. The origin of this splendid garment is a bit ambiguous due to lack of appropriate historical records in India but one thing's for sure-the sari swank the oldest subsistence and is more than 5000 years old, as mentioned in the Vedas. The sari is one of the most feminine outfits ever. The common types of saris are Kanjeevaram, Paithani, Banarasi, Bhagalpuri, Orissa Ikkat, Maheshwari, Chanderi, Gujrati Patola, and Jaipuri Leheriya.


The material and the print on the sari can vary according to choice and the occasion. The common materials for a sari are silks (the queen of textiles), cottons; chiffons, organza and georgettes. Out of these the ethnic traditional wear that is worn in most parts of the country is colorful silk sarees.


In collection of sarees of Indian woman all around the world is incomplete without a Kanchipuram (Kanjeevaram) saree, one of India's most precious traditional treasures. This Sari depicts the essence of womanhood and adds special charm to it.  A Kanjeevaram sari is bound to be a crowd puller and it can woo anybody with its absolute beauty. It continues to hold arrogance among the various silk sari varieties available in the country.


The rich weave and feel of Kancheepuram Sarees also known as Kanchipuram and Kancheevaram and sometimes Kanchivaram saris hold everyone in their wave for the past 150 years. This saree is a tremendous instigation of the craftsmen living in a small town, Kanchi (Kanchipuram) a famous historical and mythological town 60 km from Chennai, the capital of Tamilnadu. These saris are truly the South India heritage. Silk weaving in the handloom sector is clustered in and around Kanchipuram. It can be worn by women of all ages.



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The author is Senior Faculty, CRM at FDDI (Footwear Design & Development Institute), Noida, India