Silken Paradise – Kancheepuram

Woven Dreams

Photo Courtesy – Shivangi Chowdhry

Try to think of an Indian woman and chances are you can visualise her draped perfectly in a saree.  In India one of the famous places to buy silk sarees is Kancheepuram, the “Silken Paradise” or Silk City, which is world renowned for the gorgeous hand-woven silk sarees of myriad rich colours, noted for their shine, finish and matchless beauty. The exquisite silk sarees are woven from pure mulberry silk in contrasting colours and have an enviable reputation for lustre, durability and finish. The designs in these sarees were inspired by the designs in South Indian temples or natural elements like birds and leaves. They reflect a weaving and dyeing tradition hundreds of years old and whose riches the West came seeking before the industrial age began.  Even now most of the inhabitants of Kancheepuram are dependent on the silk industry.

Read more about the history and stories behind these beautiful weaves.


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