Centuries have passed since the saree was conceived as the Indian woman’s hereditary apparel. The charm of this beautiful and extraordinary feminine garment, has not waned and it has memorized the South Asian women of all generations. Even with technological development, it has been well accepted by the modern women of the subcontinent.
Indian sarees’ history may have become hazy and lost in the distant past. However, the limited scope for any change in the garment seems to be having limitless effect in the future because of the endless experimentation used to recreate its beauty for every new generation of women.
They say that art of weaving and cotton was introduced from the Indus Valley Civilisation. The people during the Indus Valley period became familiar with cotton fabrics.
However, under the royal guidance the “Tant” and “Muslin” became well known in around Dhaka. The art of “Tant” weaving went in the state of ruins with British government. And with the division of Bengal many weavers came and settled themselves in Hooghly, Nadia and Burdwan district of Bengal. With government’s aid the art of “Tant” weaving was revived, which also became extremely famous in Bengal.
Thus the skilled craftsmen of today, deftly weave the cotton to thread which is woven into “Tant” saree. These sarees are known for the thick border, decorative “pallu” and they are intricately woven with floral, paisley and other artistic motifs.
However, Kanchivaram silks originating from the oldest weaving hubs of the country, Kanchivaram, are still known for its shimmering texture. The gold and silver decorations on these sarees make them timeless and ageless. The resplendent zari work on these sarees, make them extremely stylish wear during the wedding season. It is the radiance of these sarees that the Indian women across the world fall in love with. Mainly woven on fine silk, these sarees are intricately designed. Usually woven on three shuttles, the colours and designs of the border are woven quite differently from the body of the saree. Temple borders, checks, stripes and floral patterns neatly designed on these sarees not only make them an expensive buy, but create a status symbol for the woman around the world.
However, when the zari work and intricate designs of Kanchivaram silks are neatly woven on traditional Bengali “Tant” they are known as “Reshmi Kanchibharam” saree. The specialty of “Reshmi Kanchibharam” lies in its colour combination and design. They also represent stories of the region, people and the history that they belong to. This collection of “Reshmi Kanchivarm” available in the online store of Kiukart, are dintinguished by natural designs. They may also come in geometrical patterns exclusively from Kiukart.com.