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southindiansareeSouth indian sarees have a quality and characterstics of their own. They are very heavy silk and rich in color. South Indian are popular both in silk and in cotton. The shades of these sarees are traditionally dark with very contrasting borders. The designs are typical south Indian motifs and a lot of importance is given to the border and the palla.

The best south silk come from ‘Armi’ and ‘Dharmavaram’ in Tamil Nadu and Kanchipuram also in Tamil Nadu and Ikat in mysore.

TRIVANDRUM: At other part of kerala trivandrum produces saree in white with golden borders and pallas other centre of these sources are banglore and tanjore.

KARNATAKA SAREES: Although dark in color these sarees are different from other sarees. They all have red borders with white designs on them.

SHAHPUR SAREES FROM MYSORE: They are made in pastel colors with delicate shaded effect that means the warp or weft made of different colors.

VENKATAGIRI: These are unbleached cotton sarees with zari borders The motifs are flowers, birds and animals in contrasting colors. These sarees came from Andra pradesh.

TRAVANCORE: They have a white base with border in pleasing colors and zari checks and strips on the body are popular in these sarees                                                                                                                                                      comes from batore, madras and salem.

COIMBATORE: They make sarees which look like chanderies. They are cotton base with small zari work.

GADWAL: Also on andra pradesh these sarees traditionally have the body of pure cotton with the border and palla’s being on pure silk. The bodies are of lighter color and the border are dark. Garwal’s may or may not have zari work on them. Today these sarees are also being made on pure silk.

KANCHIVARAM: Made in kanchipuram in tamil nadu. These sarees sometimes have woven designs on the body. The designs may be woven in zari in silk thread. The motifs are of human figures , animals, birds and geometric designs. They often have a temple borders along the lower side of the body coming above the borders. It is important to note that the contrasting color borders are woven seperately and joint with the help of an extra shutle. These borders are heavier and thicker than the body of sarees.

TEMPLE SAREES: Rich in ornamentation and worn as ritual occasion by temple devdasis and dancers these sarees are worn by others on certain ceremonial occasions woven on heavy silk with contrasting border and deep rich color in temple shapes along the border. These sarees are manufactured in madhurai. The silks are thick and often covered with gold work. Also made in cotton these dayz with gold and silk thread borders.

TEMPLE SAREES: Rich in ornamentation and worn as ritual occasion by temple devdasis and dancers these sarees are worn by others on certain ceremonial occasions woven on heavy silk with contrasting border and deep rich color in temple shapes along the border. These sarees are manufactured in madhurai. The silks are thick and often covered with gold work. Also made in cotton these dayz with gold and silk thread borders.

PAITHANI SAREES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Thiruvanthapuram in kerala produces sarees in very fine cotton with gold borders and rallus. Other known centres are banglore, tanjori, madurai etc. Woven in cotton and silk. The design are traditionally Indian with special stress on borders in red with small designs woven in white.

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