Kasavu Saree of Kerala is symbolic, culture and traditional Garment. Women wear Kasavu in a wedding ceremony, a traditional Onam festival, a new year, and special occasions. It Customary to place a brand new kasavu saree near the Vishukkani (lamp) as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. This saree is considered as a unique traditional saree of Kerala.
What is kasavu saree
Kasavu means what? Kasavu, this word is related to the work done on the edge of saree.But what is unique in Kasavu saree, why it is so prevalent in Kerala?., and in the southern part of India. The answer is, a Kasavu saree is woven traditionally by handloom. These sarees can be further categorized as Kerala Set-Saree, Set-Mundu, Neriyath, Kavani etc.
What is Kasavu made of?
Kasavu saree is crafted mainly by the Devanga Chettiar community. Balrampuram, chandanmangal, and kuthampully these three regions into Kerala are heavily involved in making Kasavu saree. Kuthampully industry is making Kasavu saree from half fine gold jari. And the balrampuram industry is making Kasavu saree from pure gold jari. Cost being economical when sarees are made from half fine gold jari. ( when saree made from half fine jari is very affordable in terms of price.) .
white or cream color saree with a golden border indeed reveals the beauty of Kerala women.
Let’s understand the difference between half fine gold jari and pure gold jari. When making a pure gold jari, a silver wire is wrapped around the silk thread, and it is plated with genuine gold. The same process is used in half fine gold jari; the only difference is that copper wire is used instead of silver wire. Consumers can not understand the difference between half and pure gold jari because they are similar in appearance.
The main feature of this saree is that 100 % pure unbleached cotton yarn use for this saree. As usual, this saree comes with White or cream color with gold border. As such white or cream color saree with a golden edge indeed reveals the beauty of Kerala women.
The task of making kasavu saree is challenging and tedious. Previously hand-spun yarn was used, but today it is impossible to use hand-spun thread. Because it is very laborious and unlikely to make mass production.
Today everyone is used mill made yarn. This mill made yards import from surat state. In the beginning, threads are entirely soaked in water for 7-8 days. Once they are sure that all the dirt in the yarns has come out, they take out the yarns and straighten them, after the threads dry then they are immersed in the kanji liquid for the yarns to get stiff. The cotton yarns are tied together and placed on to the loom.
‘Settu mundu’ is also called Mundu Neriyuthum or Set Saree. This is typical draping style contain Mundu is the lower part of garment and Neriyathum an upper part of garment. Mundu is wrapped around in the lower part below naval and tucked at the waist. The Neriyathum is draped in the upper part over the blouse. Wearing set saree is relatively simple than than regular saree as platting is not require wearing Set Mundu.
Motifs on Kasavu saree
Kasavu saree is famous for its artistic and eye-catching designs. The Pallu of Kerala sari contains motifs of peacocks, elephants, tree leaves and marigold flowers, portraits of peoples from the mythical stories of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Nowadays, you can see different designs are made on kasavu saree blending itself perfectly with the new trend flaunting itself perfect.
It takes four to five days to produce a normal kasavu saree with white color and golden edges. This kind of saree typically costs 3 to 4 thousand rupees. But if you wish to include a lot more designs from pure gold jari and if they are complicated, it takes more than a month to make that sari. Obviously, such a saree can more.
Price of Saree
The price of saree start from as little as 2000 INR to 70,000 INR which is depending upon design and jari work done on saree. Average weight of saree is about 600 g