Indian Sari Silk

traditional gown
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Indian Sari Silk

  • Design: Denise Gribble

This traditional gown was made from a very fine 6 yard pure silk pink and gold Temple Sari…..shown here being worn as a sari and then used to manufacture the Client's wedding gown, with the addition of pink silk taffeta for fuller skirts. A short history: This sari – a temple sari – was woven in Kancheepuram, in the Tamil Nadu district of South India, where silk weaving is a centuries old tradition. Silk was always considered the ceremonial wear at religious rituals and weddings, and history says that at one time there were more than 100 temples in the small town – thus the tradition of silk sari weaving arose out of the temple traditions with the famous Kamakshi temple situated in Kancheepuram. Each Kancheepuram silk sari is amongst the most superior of silks in the world. The sari is woven with dyed silk yarn which is interleaved with Zari – a silk thread which is twisted with a thin silver wire and then gilded with pure gold by dipping the twisted thread into liquid gold. This enhances the beauty and value of the silk, producing a beautiful lustre, as can be seen in the photographs below. One of the traditions of the Kancheepuram saris is the contrasting borders. Click on an image for an enlarged view of the gown.