Kanjivarams are eternal favorites of every saree loving woman. These stunningly gorgeous hand-woven sarees, crafted painstakingly with singular dedication, are one of the finest silk fabrics – not only in India, but also the entire world! Known for the intricate inter-play of silk and Zari yarn, these rich sarees get their name from the South Indian town where they were initially made – Kancheepuram.
Kancheepuram sarees, now popularly known as the Kanjivaram sarees, are expensive, and thus are typically used as wedding sarees, and are also often chosen as Bridal Sarees. In other words, these are ultra-special.
Despite being heavy, Kanjivaram sarees tend to have a slimming effect, as they drape wonderfully, given the awesome fall and fluidity of their woven material. Even though, Kanjivarams, which are super fashionable and in-vogue right now, are absolutely traditional, they have a modish appeal. Devoid of extra ostentation, these elegant sarees can be channeled in numerous ways, even by young girls.
The Bollywood Connection
Given the unmatched grace and allure of Kanjeevaram Sarees, our Bollywood divas have always been enamored by its magic. From yesteryears’ beauties like Rekha – who seems like a brand ambassador of glistening Kancheepurams to modern day divas like Deepika Padukone, Vidya Balan and Tamannah Bhatia – and even a plenty of Indian designers – Kanjeevaram sarees seem to have charmed one and all.
From award functions to film premiers, launches and special screenings, we can see our lovely actresses, dressing up in these shimmering yards. In fact, Kanjivarams seem to be the saree of choice for extremely important occasions – for most Bollywood actresses. They wear it for their personal functions, festivals, parties and much more. Let’s look at some of the ravishing actresses and their glowing Kanjeevarams –
Pretty and graceful actress Sridevi carried yet another of her killer Indian looks, recently on the auspicious occasion of Karwa Chauth. Sridevi chose a flaming shaded Kanjeevram silk saree in deep pink, orange, saffron yellow and red. The designer saree was a different take on the conventional Kanjivarams. This one had a hand-embroidered border running through the saree, and was flanked by a rich, embroidered pallu and blouse.
Sri even wore a pale pink, magnificent Kanjivaram, while receiving her Padma Shri Award. Here, actress Sharmila Tagore, also receiving the national honour, in another lovely yellow Kanjivaram saree.
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A very famous Kanjeevaram saree – rarely made in all black – worn by actress Dia Mirza… Isn’t it a sight to behold!
Dia also wore this Raw Mango saree in her favorite color yellow at one of the Filmfare Awards’ functions. The saree became legendary for its lovely color combination, Dia’s graceful styling and her gorgeous blouse.
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Rekha and her love for Kanjeevaram sarees is known to the world. Indisputably, she owns one of the most enviable Kanjeevarams’ collections in the B-town. From her glistening golden sarees to rich reds and ochre to beauties like these in subtle off-white and cream – Rekha carries it all splendidly well! And, each of these sarees surely is worth every dime spend on them…
Here, mesmerizing Rekha ji wears a popular Kanjivaram design – the temple border. It’s a style that is timeless, and can even be passed on from grand-moms to their young granddaughters. Want to buy one of such classic pieces in youthful black-blue and gold combo?
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Fashionista Sonam Kapoor recently wore this glorious designer Kanjivaram saree and grabbed eyeballs and hearts…
Vidya Balan’s love for sarees is legendary, among contemporary actresses. And, among her sarees too, Kanjeevarams are clearly her favorites. So, how can we forget this classic Indian beauty when talking of these cherished sarees, especially when she has pledged her help for all the weavers who spend their lives creating these masterpieces!
There really is no one in Bollywood who is so much at ease in sarees like Vidya is!
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Well, there are tonnes of other examples, where South Indian actresses as well as our homegrown Bollywood beauties have rocked their Kanjeevarams to perfection. We will keep sharing more of these in future – so your style books remain updated always!
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