Craft Education And Research Centre
Kalashetra Road, Thiruvanmiyur
Chennai 600 041
Gorgeous Drapes to fascinate!
The original Kalakshetra sari, with its distinct green and oil mustard yellow hues, made famous by Rukmini Devi Arundale has been lost over time. Master weavers, craftsmen and textile experts were sourced to recreate this traditional version of the sari, using techniques prominent almost a century ago. The ‘korvai’ a complex technique used to interlace the borders with the body of the sari and is done by two weavers, while the dyeing process needs two more people.
Kalamkari, which literally means ‘pen work’ are paintings done on textile with vegetable or natural dyes with the only tool used for this intricate work being the ‘kalam’ a thin bamboo stick sharpened to a point like the nib of a pen.
Kalakshetra Foundation reinvented the ‘kodali karuppur’ saree which evolved under the patronage of the Maratha rulers of Tanjore. This art would have joined the ranks of crafts that have slipped into obscurity until Kalakshetra Foundation decided to change the situation.
Come, listen and feast your eyes on the eponymous silk sari, a fabric weighted by history and tradition in its wrap and weft, besides the Kalamkaris in the Srikalahasti and Masulipatnam traditions.