Vintage Kanjivaram patterns - Part 2

Vintage Kanjivaram patterns - Part 2

The unique feature of Kanjivaram silk sarees is that there are some concepts that never go out of fashion. These are designs that are decades old that but still preferred among saree lovers. In our previous blog, we covered some common vintage Kanjivaram patterns; you can check it out here if you haven't already. We explore some more vintage concepts in Kanjivaram silks.

What makes a saree pattern vintage ?

A vintage design or pattern is one that has been around for decades and achieved a 'cult-like' following among certain sections of saree lovers.


Plus motif :

As the name indicates, plus-shaped motifs are intricately woven onto the fabric using multi-coloured threads. The weaving technique used here is an ancient one that the entire process is done by hand without the use of machines. Plus motifs are quite difficult to weave and are still in demand today.


Wide contrast borders :

Monochrome sarees and borderless silk sarees maybe very popular among the young women these days but that doesn't reduce the appeal of wide-bordered Kanjivaram silk sarees. Traditional Kanjivaram silk sarees with contrast, wide, golden zari borders are timeless classics. The technique used here to weave independent body and border colours is known as the Korvai weave.


Turning borders :

Turning borders are zari borders that are completely woven by hand. In this technique, any shape or motif can be woven into the borders without the need for the borders to be strictly rectangular. These sarees have been around for decades.


Meenakari kanjivarams :

Meenakari is a weaving technique that involves of using one or more colors of thread while weaving. Usually the threads are woven on top of zari motifs. This technique originated in the north and was eventually spread to Kanjivaram.


At Shreenivas silks, it is our passion to keep the traditional weaves alive. You can check out the above vintage patterns and more in this section.

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