The Ekavalli Foundation was commissioned to weave a splendid sari entirely in shades of gold and zari, for a client in the US to drape on a temple deity. Working with a master weaver, this exquisite kanjivaram—a river of gold—took over 45 days to create. A special four-pedal adai loom was set up, using the finest zari in the warp, while the weft consisted of one silk and one zari yarn. The colour of the silk was carefully selected to blend seamlessly with the zari, to ensure that the overall visual effect was one of glowing, molten gold. A delicate twill pattern on the drape was achieved by a technique known as 8 kol weaving, in which the zari is laid over the silk.
The sari also features a special kind of hand tasselling, with three rows of tassels. The kanjivaram is rich and heavy with zari, and yet, the fine weave allows it a gentle, fluid drape.
A testament to the incredible skill of the Kanchipuram weaver and to the ancient craft heritage, this exquisite kanjivaram combines the finest quality materials with the best of traditional skill to create an heirloom sari that can be handed down from one generation to the next.