Konrad Sarees boast of distinct, eye-catching borders

Konrad Sarees boast of distinct, eye-catching borders

Konrad sarees belong to the state of Tamil Nadu in India, and are widely regarded as being among the most intricately designed hand woven sarees from the region. Also known as temple sarees, and mubbhagam sarees, a hand woven Konrad saree is expensive, but completely worth the money that you are investing in it. With their delicately embellished borders bands of warp patterning called pettu or kampi, which are positioned approximately 3 centimeters near the border, they are perfect examples of dressy but classy ethnic clothing to wear to a wedding function or party occasion. A majority of Konrad sarees are woven in the eastern region of Tamil Nadu in places such as Kumbakonam, Arni Madras, Salem, Kanchipuram, and Thanjavore. It is said that in the 19th century, Arni was considered as being the birthplace of Konrad saree weaving techniques, but that role has slowly been taken over by Kanchipuram, which at present is the central weaving place for all varieties of South Indian hand woven sarees. Different areas produce slight variations of the traditional Konrad saree, with places like Kumbakonam producing the more heavy style of saree with varied border patterns. Other places focus on achieving the weft woven mubbhagam saree, which includes two borders or pettu.

The body of a traditional hand-woven Konrad saree consists of checks or striped patterns, whereas the end piece of the saree has wide zari stripes or intricate gold thread embroidery work. In recent times some designer versions of this traditional saree have done away with the zari at the end piece and have instead focused delicate patterns of gold thread work along the entire length of the saree including the kampi, in order to give a more elaborate appearance to the saree. However traditional sarees will always stick to woven triangular patterns which are featured alongside weft figuring on the end piece; this is achieved through the use of a special inter-locked weft technique. The Konrad sarees with these traditional triangular motifs are known as Konrad with karavai work. Some Konrad sarees are even named after the colors in which the saree border has been dyed, for example, a pudapayalam karavai refers to a Konrad saree with yellow serrated borders whereas an arakku saree refers to a Konrad saree with lilac dyed borders. Each hand woven Konrad saree contains a diverse range of motifs which are skillfully woven into different areas of the saree. These motifs need not be mythological in nature, but rather, seem to pay homage to natural flora and fauna such as floral motifs including flowers, vines, and creepers, and also animals and birds such as peacocks, elephants, parrots, double headed eagles, and others. Another distinguishing feature which sets a traditional Konrad saree apart from other South Indian sarees, is the fact that it has a distinctive appearance and feel to it, which does not look or feel like silk, although it is very much a silk saree.

The Konrad saree and the ownership of one are considered to be very important by most South Indian ladies, as well as by those who enjoy the look and rich motifs present in South Indian sarees. It is common to find actresses such as Rekha, Vidya Balan, and others who embrace their South Indian roots by sporting this exquisite ethnic creation to many functions.

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