Dazzling Silk City with thousand temples- Kancheepuram

Published: 14th June 2011
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India's spectacular diversity is visible in its languages, cultures, castes, and religions. The physical features of the country and its climate have contributed to the development of these diversities. Indian culture is one of the richest in the world. This richness is the result of the freedom which every region and community has enjoyed to develop its genius through mutual interactions. India posses a distinct identity not only because of its geography, history and culture but also because of the great diversity of its natural costumes.

Every state has its own distinct style to dress up occasionally. In this article particularly I would like introduce one beautiful place named as Kancheepuram which is one of the seven sacred cities of India. When we talk about Kancheepuram, the first thing which comes directly into our mind is the Kanchipuram sarees of South India.

Kancheepuarm, formerly known as conjeevaram. Basically Kanchipuram is a district located on the coast of Bay of Bengal and adjacent to Chennai, Known as the silk city. Kancheepuram was the historical capital of the pallavas. It has been a centre for Tamil learning and culture for centuries and gives us a clear picture of the glorious Dravidian heritage of vaishnavites and shaivites. For more: http://www.unnatisilks.com/kancheepuram-weavrsworld.aspx

Kancheepuram is very famous for its historical places and it is well known as silk city with thousand temples. Few of them which are more popular such as Kailasanathar temple, Kanchi kamakshi Amman temple, Varadarajar temple, Vaikunta perumal temple, so on. For more information visit http://www.unnatisilks.com/kancheepuram-temples.aspx

Apart from the historical places, Kancheepuram is well-known for silk sarees. Specialty of kancheepuram sarees is their weight due to that in 1.2 inches of warp frame there will be 60 holes in which there will be 240 threads in Warp and around 250 to 300 threads in the Wept which gives strength to the saree. The zari used in Kanchi sarees is pure gold and silver because of this reason only kanchi sarees are awesome too look and royal to wear in wedding ceremonies and traditional events. To know more about kanchi sarees search in this site www.unnatisilks.com

To manufacture this sort of rich and gorgeous kanchi saris, Dyeing and weaving techniques play crucial role. Kancheepuram is also known for thriving handloom silk industry. The exclusive kanjeevaram saris with twisting the yarns by using charka, the turning in charka is where the yarn will be thread which is used for weft. After this process dyeing will take place and drying them in the sun. For more details about dyeing of kanjeevaram sarees you can visit: http://www.unnatisilks.com/kancheepuram-dyeing.aspx

Next more important ultimate step to manufacture kanchi sarees is weaving. The looms used in kancheepuram are mostly Frame looms. To create this zari designs on kanchi sarees, first the design is been made in a computer and then that design is punched into thick cards and then this card is loaded into the Jacard in the loom, so that according to the designs and the holes in the card, the needles will pull and put the threads which will create designs in the saree while weaving. For clear information regarding weaving process of kanjeevaram saris click on this link http://www.unnatisilks.com/kancheepuram-weaving.aspx

Main area of concern of Kanjeevaram weaver’s has always been to come up with creative and trendy designs and at the same time, to use traditional Indian printing methods. They use eco-friendly colours in our printing which are mainly made from vegetables. The weavers are into this profession traditionally. None of the weavers are trained but they have acquired this unique skill hereditarily from their ancestors. The art of weaving is passed on by way of vision and practice. There are no theoretical explanations or training for weaving.

But unfortunately due to the low wages the traditional weavers are opting out of this industry even they use golden and silver zari to manufacture kanchi saris. New generation is not interested in this profession due to the low wages prevailing in the industry. So the weavers demand that only if a rehabilitation package similar to the package which was offered by the government to the farmers, who have lost crops, is provided, and then only handloom industry can survive. To know clear idea about problems facing by kancheepuram weavers click here http://www.unnatisilks.com/kancheepuram-weaving.aspx


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