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3. The pride of India, the Kanjeevaram silk Sarees
The pride of India, the Kanjeevaram silk Sares
The Kanjeevraam saree is favoured for its durability. It is made not only to last a lifetime but to outlive it. It is a tradition often passed on from mother to daughter as an heirloom!

The Kanjeevaram sarees represent the best of the Indian textiles heritage. The Kanjeevaram saree gets its name from the town it
originated in - Kanchipuram, a little temple town in Tamilnadu. It is made of a heavy silk called Kanjeevaram silk which is so durable that it can be washed in water at home. The creation of a Kanjeevaram saree is no mean feat. The border, body and pallav of the saree are created separately and then joined together in an impossible to detach joint.

Kanjeevaram sarees have bright colour contrasts. The body of the sari is plain or has little gold motifs scattered over it. Some sarees also have gold squares or stripes. The border and pallav of saree are in a contrasting colour to the body and have a lot of zari work.

A variety of designs are found in Kanjeevaram sarees. There is a predominance of bird and animal motifs such as the parrot, peacock, deer, galloping horses, elephants, swans. Mythical creatures too find a place (for e.g. The yali - a creature with a lion's head and bird's body). Also depicted are scenes from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Bhagvad Gita and traditional patterns derived from Pallav temples, palaces and paintings. The Kanjeevaram saree is extremely captivating. It has a spell binding appeal which makes it transcend age and religion. A Gujarati is as comfortable in a Kanjeevaram as a South Indian.

The Kanjeevaram saree is elegance personified. It definitely adds a cachet to any wardrobe it is a part of.
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