Kanchipuram silk sarees are striking, especially ones with contrast borders. A couple of decades from now, the art of weaving contrast borders may be lost forever.
I recently read about silk sarees and Nalli. Here's a long silk thread taking us to Lyon, Surat and Chennai.🧵
Our story starts in 1911 when Nalli Chinnaswamy Chetti was a weaver under a master weaver in Kanchipuram. He was assigned the task of weaving a saree intended to be gifted to King George V, during his visit to India.
He came up with a rich weave called ‘Durbar Pet’ or ‘Coronation Border’. The unique feature of the saree is that when placed in a circular fashion, it resembles the Nation's parliament building. It can still be ordered by special request at Nalli.