Authors: Dr. Reena Aggarwal, Assistant Professor, NIFT, Mumbai;
Vinoth Kumar Azhagesan
The textiles of South India are among the richest in the country. The dry hot climate of Tamil Nadu has been the home of luminous silks and brightly hued cottons famous all over the world. Tamil Nadu is one of major sari-weaving regions of India, besides producing considerable quantities of rural, peasant and urban saris in silk, cotton, rayon and polyester it is also home to some unique sari traditions.
The handloom cooperatives, such as Tamil Nadu Co-op Tex, is India’s oldest handloom weaver’s cooperative established in 1935, selling saris throughout India creating whatever the market demands. As a result, traditional designs from different south based centers have become incorporated into the repertoire of other areas, which makes tracking down the origins of some textiles quite difficult, but many sari designs typical of particular areas are still distinguishable.
Share on Facebook