Kanchipuram silk with zari booti
Mankolam is the term for mango motif used in Kanchipuram textiles. In this dupatta, Mankolam is woven using fine Zari into the mulberry silk threads.
The Kanchipuram weaving skill amaze me when the weaver and his partner co-create this meticulous piece of craft in a unison. The way to tell apart a genuine Kanchipuram to a fake one is to look at the border and pallu.
In Kanchipuram saris, the main body, pallu and border are woven separately if they are required to be of different colours. These separate elements are delicately interlocked through a criss-cross stitch called Korvai at the joints. The mark of authenticity of Kanchipuram is these very joins. They are believed to be very sturdy joins that are hard to rip even when the sari has lived many years and is beginning to give away.
The wonders of mastery of craft.