Town Specials

Silk Sarees

South Indian silk sarees are famous for their unique textures and designs. Kornadsarees originated from Kornad or Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The best ones are produced in Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, Dharmavaram in Andhra Pradesh, and Kollegal in Mysore. Woven with the finest of silk, the designs in these sarees are traditional with special stress on borders and pallus. Kanchipuram sarees have contrasting border and pallu woven with a variety of zari motifs such as ‘rudraksham’, ‘mallimogu’, ‘gopuram’ etc. Pochampally silk sarees with geometrical designs are woven in Andhra Pradesh. In Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, where inexpensive cotton sarees are produced, even the simplest sarees have broad borders on either side. Kerala makes a distinctive saree known as Karalkuda. Chanderi and Maheshwar from Madhya Pradesh, Venkatagiri from Andhra Pradesh in cotton are characterized by their simplicity and graceful charm.