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Weaving tradition revitalised

A collection of Kandanghi saris from Chettinad is being displayed at 95 Parklane, Secunderabad from today to Saturday.


TODAY EVERYTHING from Chettinad ranging from saris to food is finding favour from people. Chettinad comprises about 75 villages between Trichy and Madurai in southern TamilNadu.

The houses with spacious courtyards have the most exquisite woodwork and frescoes. Colour plays a rather integral role in their lives. The houses, crafts and saris bear the stamp of colour.


Women wore saris in cotton, silk cotton and pure silk and the colours used are predominantly reds, yellows, and blacks in a different way. These saris were worn with pleats in the back, and this way of wearing a sari was called pin kosuvam. Silk saris were worn as daily wear and hand washed and they lasted a lifetime. The colour of the old saris, are still as dazzling as they were years ago.

This weaving tradition has been revitalised by the MRMRM Foundation, a non-profit organisation working towards the documentation revival of languishing crafts, thereby, empowering local women and crafts people. The saris are known as Kandanghi saris.


95 Parklane (Secunderabad) is showcasing an exquisite collection of Kandanghi sarees in silk, cotton and sico ranging from Rs.1500 to Rs.4000 from today to Saturday (April 19) from 10.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

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