Kancheepuram silk sarees (aka Kanchipuram or Kanjeevaram) is the most popular silk saree is named after a small town in South India where they are manufactured. The natural fiber of silk is obtained from the cocoons made by silkworms that are eventually woven into stunningly gorgeous drapes in a wide range of colors. This gorgeous outfit have become popular worldwide for its thick and lustrous quality of the silk and for the stunning zari woven pattern. The body is in one shade while the border and the lower tassel pallu is in a contrast but complementary shade featuring glamorous golden zari woven ornate design. Popular motifs include symbols of birds, flowers, leaves and animals. Every Kancheepuram silk sarees comes with a matching blouse piece which is in a shade similar to the border and pallu.
In the early days, only the wealthy could afford silk sari that used zari thread (cloth fibre interwoven with silver thread and coated in gold). This process not only made the sari last longer, but also added value, making it a prized possession. However, the price is dependent on the amount of zari work and the intricacy of the designs. Women of south India wear silk sari particularly on religious occasions and special events. Bollywood actors such as Rekha and Vidya Balan are often seen carrying them off with grace at awards functions and events.
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Historically, as one of the seven holy places of the Hindus, Kancheepuram has been an important religious center as well as the capital of many ancient dynasties, including the Cholas and Pallavas. However, the weaving tradition started around 400 years ago, during the reign of King Krishna Deva Raya of the Vijayanagara dynasty, when two weaver communities from Andhra Pradesh migrated to the city for catering to the demand for ceremonial wear during festivals.