Temples and silk sarees

Updated: Mar 27

The town of Kanchipuram, situated around 80 kilometers from Chennai, is known for two things; the weaving community that specializes in crafting exquisite silk sarees and the temples that are considered by many to be examples of great architecture and craftsmanship.

The carvings of mythical figurines on the walls and the architecture of the temples still attract thousands of tourists every year!

The influences of temples in silk sarees and weaving is quite apparent. Back in the days, the designs on the saris had to be crafted completely by hand and the weavers could only manage to make simple shapes. Before the beginning of the weaving, they would have to 'chalk out' the shape of the motif on the saree and then trace out this line during the weaving process. Some popular ones were the temple, paisley (mango) and the coin motif (a simple round shape). These motifs were often woven in the body or paloo and matched with solid borders.

Fast forward to today and we are capable of producing hundreds of complex patterns and motifs using software. However, at Shreenivas silks, 'the temple' always has and will continue to take a special place amongst the motifs used by our designers. The slight difference is that we mainly use the temple shape for borders, often matching them with vintage body concepts.

Here are some elegant pure zari Kanjivaram silk sarees that use the temple shape for the border pattern. Use the horizontal sliders to browse through the saris!

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