Kanchipuram Cotton Sarees
From: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
Specially Designed for women to wear in the traditional ceremonies, weddings and other festivities. Legend has it that Kanchipuram weavers are descendants of Sage Markanda, who was considered to be the master weaver for the Gods themselves.
From: Salem, Tamil Nadu
The most discernible weave of Salem is the Salem cotton weave with the butta design of the pallu and border giving it a distinctive appearance. The weave count is responsible for the strength and softness.
From: Rasipuram, Tamil Nadu
Rasipuram handlooms are traditional weaves known for its fine quality and fast colours. These sarees are celebrated for their contrast of border to the main body, and the unique choice of motifs inspired by local traditional architecture and temple motifs.
Kovai Kora Cotton Saree
From: Kovai (Coimbatore), Tamil Nadu
A unique blend of cotton yarn of the highest quality and traditional silk is woven on traditional handlooms to produce the famed Kovai Kora sarees. Coarse in appearance but soft to the touch, this trait has become the keystone behind the Kovai Kora weave and this softness is due to the usage of Kora. It takes about three days for the weavers to produce each exquisite Kovai Kora sari.
From: Burdwan, West Bengal
Jamdani weave of West Bengal is one of the finest varieties of muslin handwoven from cotton. The name Jamdani is of Persian origin and comes from the word “jam” meaning flower and “dani” meaning vase. The name is suggestive of the beautiful floral motifs on these sarees.
From: Kuthampally, Kerala
From God’s own country emerges one of the finest time-honored saris that defines the essence of beauty and simplicity. Also known as Mundum Neriyathum, the Kasavu is considered to be the most auspicious attire for any special occasion or ceremony.
From: Gandhigram, Tamil Nadu
Gandhigram Handloom not only keeps the nation’s heritage alive but also provides livelihood to nearly two thousand people. Gandhigram Handloom is unique because of the geometric checks and stripes woven in the fabric, in addition to plain textures. Use of natural dyes is also endearing to the patrons.
Kanchipuram Silk Cotton Sarees
From: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu
Kanchipuram Silk Cotton is a brilliantly woven fabric originating from the city of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. Legend has it that Kanchipuram weavers are descendants of Sage Markanda, who was considered to be the master weaver for the Gods themselves.
India has more than 136 unique weaves mostly in the form of sarees. Traditionally woven in cotton and silk, the sarees represent the backbone of Indian Handloom sector rapidly being replaced by machines and synthetic fibres in their quest for survival.
These are the last generation of skilled weavers engaged in handspun /handloom sector with the younger generation having moved on to newer industries.
The techniques of cultivating organic cotton, the cotton preparatory process for weaving, the intricacy of weaving styles, use of natural dyes in dyeing fabric and printing techniques are all inspired culturally and regionally and is an art form which needs to be preserved so that the knowledge is not lost. Traditionally, these sustainable methods have created their own ecosystems for the empowerment of local communities.
Global Consumption of synthetic fibres clothing is a huge concern today impacting not only the environment but also the health of populations.
Save the Weave is a movement, initiated by Isha Foundation, which will attempt to bring awareness globally and in India about the need to shift to natural fibres. It will advocate peaceful co-existence with nature by promoting use of natural fibres in all textile forms.
The movement will create a platform for connecting resources in design and natural dye interventions, market access, organic cotton farming and skill development. Designers Vaishali, Suket Dhir, Anu Vardhan, Dhivyam and others will be collaborating to create Contemporary Fashion Clothing to support the Save the Weave Movement.