Tag Archives: textile tradition

Carnatic musicians set fashion trends

Classical singers they may be, singing traditional carnatic compositions in orthodox style; but when it comes to their sartorial preferences, most traditional singers are trendsetters. Whether it was the dazzling diamond earrings and nosepins of the legendary carnatic singer MS Subbulakshmi or the new age artistes like Vishaka Hari, who carry off the traditional nine […]

Ragams, Thalams & Kanjivarams

The Margazhi season is very special in Chennai – there is a festive air about the entire city with kolams and thoranams dotting the streets. Music and dance performances take place in full flow painting the town with differently hued ragams and thalams. And as always in the same breath as festive, music , dance and […]

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 […]

Usha Uthup – a Kanjivaram star

This week, in our Stars in Kanjivarams section, we feature a star who is well – known for her preference for Kanjivaram Saris for all public appearances. A singer & now actor, Usha Uthup stuns us in her choice of saris for the cover page and cover article of Good Housekeeping, August 2012. Well known […]

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 […]