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Woven Dreams

Silken Paradise – Kancheepuram

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 […]

An Epic written in Kanjivaram

In this post, we bring you one more, among many interesting legends about the history of Kanjivaram as a place and the people from there. Kantha Puranam is the Tamil version of the sanskrit epic, Skanda Puranam. It was written by Kachiyappa Sivachariar of Kumara Kottam at Kanjivaram. Kachiyappa Sivachariar lived at Kanjivaram approximately 1100 […]

Legend of the Kanjivaram Weavers

Legend has it that the Kanchi silk weavers are descendants of the Sage Markanda, the master weaver of the Gods, who is said to have woven the tissue fabric from the lotus fibre*. The Kanjivaram textile heritage is intertwined in mythology and religious significance. Silk is said to be the favoured fabric of Lord Vishnu […]

The Silk Tradition of Kanchipuram

The Kanjivaram silk sarees being an inherent part of our traditional occasions is no freaky coincidence. They have their strong roots spreading as far back as 700 years to Vijayanagara Dynasty, when Krishna Deva Raya took over the Kanchi town from the Cholas at the end of the 13th century. Being a scholar, poet and […]

Dakshinachitra | Documenting a Weavers House from Kanchipuram

DakshinaChitra is a center for the living traditions of art, folk performing arts, craft and architecture of India with an emphasis on the traditions of South India. A project of the Madras Craft Foundation (MCF), a non-profit organisation. DakshinaChitra opened to the public in December 1996. The center occupies ten undulating acres overlooking the Bay […]