History of Kanchipuram Silk Sarees

History has it that Kanchipuram rose to eminence during Krishna-Deva Raya’s reign, when two weaving communities – the Devangas and the Saligars transmigrated to Kanchipuram from Andhra Pradesh. Primarily because within this seemingly minuscule town there were more than 129 finely crafted temples. And silk was always considered the ceremonial wear at religious rituals and weddings. The Devanga and Saligar weavers were reputed for their weaving silks. Every Kanchipuram silk Saree is amongst the most superior silks in the world. Thanks to its double warp and double weft. Besides which, the gold in the motifs is incorporated by dipping the silk thread into liquid gold and silver. This enhances the beauty and the value of the silk. (Kanchipuram Sarees are also known as Kancheepuram and Kancheevaram and sometimes Kanchivaram Sarees!)

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