The story of the Kanjivaram silk saree is intertwined with the history, culture and mythology of South India. The Kanjivaram or Kanchipuram pattu weave dates back 400 years to the small village of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.
It was the King Krishna Devaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire who patronized the art. It is said that two Andhra communities – the Devangas and the Saligars relocated to Kanchipuram to be able to use their weaving skills in bettering the craft.
Even in 2020, the craze for the Kanjivaram silk saree has not diminished a bit. In fact, it is one of the most popular type of sarees when it comes to bridal-wear, giving the Benarasi silksaree of North India good competition. You should definitely add a couple of these masterpieces in your trousseau.
30 Georgeous Kanjivaram Silk Sarees
The fondness that Indian actresses harbor for the Kanjivaram pattu saree has been subject of discussion among fashion analysts! In most functions of Bollywood, actresses revered for their ethnic sense of fashion are spotted in gorgeous Kanjivaram sarees. Let us look at some of the most beautiful Kanjivaram silk sarees that our celebrities have sported.
1. The Quintessential Red & Gold Kanjivaram
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This saree is the perfect example of what a Kanjivaram silk saree is all about – glamour, grandeur and sheer gorgeousness.
2. Pink & Purple
A bright pink Kanjivaram saree is a girl’s dream. Not only does this color compliment every skin tone, the purple pallu creates a sharp contrast.
3. Royal in Blue
One of the most unique color combinations is showcased in this bright blue and red Kanjivaram saree. The gold zari work is also understated creating a lovely balance.
4. Light Green & Purple
Another unique color combination ensures that the beautiful wearer of this Kanjivaram silk saree looks gorgeous.
5. In Love with Gold
The two shades of gold – the matte gold body and the bright gold border – result in an exquisite Kanjivaram pattu saree.
6. Traditions Speak
Some sarees come with a story and speak a thousand words. This is one of those. Such a Kanjivaram silk saree tells stories about traditions.
7. Matte Orange Kanjivaram
Not all Kanjivaram silks need to be heavy. This saree in a beautiful matte orange color has a simple border and tiny butis all over.
8. Border Beauty in Kanjivan Silk Saree
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Not only is this Kanjivaram silk saree in a beautiful sunset orange shade, the broad golden border creates a timeless statement.
9. Jamun & Gold
Not only has this Kanjivaram saree been draped traditionally, the jamuncolor is rich, rare and goes really well with the golden yellow border.
10. Light Blue & Bright Green
Another unique Kanjivaram saree – it has a golden border, a silvery blue body and a bright green pallu.
11. Wedding Wear Kanjivaram Silk Saree
This saree has a reverse color scheme. The entire body of the saree is detailed in gold and the border is in a warm red.
12. Elegant in Lilac
This Kanjivaram silk saree is a combination of various shades of lilac. It is an example of a non-traditional pattusaree.
13. Green & Gold
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This traditional yet simple bright green and gold Kanjivaram saree makes the perfect attire for a morning event like a puja.
14. Those Golden Checks
This saree has golden checks all over the bluish purple body combined with a reddish orange border. This can be the perfect saree for the bride’s sister or best friend.
15. Contemporary Kanjivaram Silk Saree
Kanjivaram sarees are known to have heavy golden zari work. This unique saree comes with gold zari work that has a tinge of peach in it, making it a contemporary and extremely trendy Kanjivaram silk saree.
16. Dark Maroon & Gold
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This is one of the most common yet timeless color combinations in Kanjivaram sarees.
17. Pinks & Peaches
Whoever thought that light pinks and peaches are colors not ideal for ethnic wear, get ready for the myth-buster. This unique Kanjivaram saree has a light pink body and peach border which compliments the gold zari work like a dream.
18. Contrasts Speak
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Though both the Kanjivaram sarees depicted in this image are nothing less than gorgeous, the orange and blue one steals the show. Who thought two bright colors can look so good together?
19. In Love with Silver
If you love silver more than gold, thisKanjivaram silk saree will not fail you. This all silver saree has been cleverly paired with a deep red blouse.
20. Silver and Gold
Talking about silver Kanjivaram sarees brings us to these masterpieces which have both silver and golden in them. The body is all silver and the borders are golden, creating an aesthetic contrast. Checkout what mother of the bride should wear in a wedding.
21. The Larger-than-life Border
The beauty of this saree lies on the broadness of the intricately woven border and the unique color combination – greyish silver and bright pink.
22. The Perfect Puja Saree
Such a classic Kanjivaram silk saree, woven in a combination of bluish-purple, magenta and gold is fit only for important occasions like a big puja or a wedding.
23. The Tender Green Kanjivaram
The beauty of this saree lies in the color that resembles the green of tender banana leaves. The color is beautified further by combining it with a punch pink border and pallu. This saree goes best is a small gathering function like Roka, Sangeet and festivals.
24. The Brocade Kanjivaram
This double-border brocade-look Kanjivaram saree has been paired unconventionally with a golden blouse. The color combination is unique which gives the saree a contemporary yet gorgeous look.
25. The Imperial Red & Royal Blue Kanjivaram
This saree is a true example of how regal a Kanjivaramsilk sareecan get. The saree has no work on the body but the dazzlingly rich royal blue silk makes up for it and the imperial red border and pallu adds to the elegance of the attire.
26. Bridal Kanjivaram in Pastels
Take any one of the two Kanjivaram sarees depicted in this picture and you will realise that it is one-of-a-kind. The first convention that thesarees are breaking is the color palette of the traditional Kanjivaram saree.
The sarees are in pastel shades like beige, peach, violet, light blue etc. The second convention broken is the complete lack of golden zari designs. Unlike popular ways of pairing the Kanjivaram saree with gold jewellery, both the bride and the bride’s sister have sported diamond jewellery.
27. Sophisticatedly Traditional
Both mother and daughter’s Kanjivaram pattu sarees are extremely traditional. There are no designs on the body of each of the sarees. The borders are woven in zariand there are temple designs along the border. Yet the choice of color – mustard green and tussar – make them look elegant and contemporary.
28. Touches of Mint Green in Kanjivaram Silk Saree
This Kanjivaram saree is beautiful because of the use of unique colors. The body is a bronzy shade of silver, the border and palluare in a bright pink. But what stand out is the mint green blouse and hints of mint green all over the saree.
29. Red, White & Gold
This color combination cannot go wrong! Such a saree is perfect for a puja or similar function during the day-time.
30. The Floral Kanjivaram Silk Saree
This saree is another experimental weave. Floral motifs are densely woven into the body of this black Kanjivaramsilk saree.
A Kanjivaram silk saree can definitely add that divine touch to your wedding attire. In fact, folklore of south India has it that the original Kanchipuram silk weavers were descendants of Sage Markanda, who is the weaver for the Gods. Interesting isn’t it?