SIX yards of beauty is perhaps an understatement for the timeless Kanjivaram silk saree by Malaysian saree boutique, Pattushastra.
Handpicked from the city of Kanchipuram in India by boutique co-owners Kavitha, Suvitha and Jeevitha Rajasingam, the fabric is a true reflection of the traditional pieces that have draped the brides of south India for eons.
Its popularity stems from the difficult handloom process each piece undergoes; it usually takes between 20 and 30 days to complete the weaving process.
“People have complimented the saree that we wore, so we wanted others to own the beautiful Kanjivaram saree too at affordable prices,” said Suvitha.
The handwoven saree is made from pure silk and zari (gold thread).
No two pieces are alike and the designs are never repeated.
The three sisters showcased the saree at a special fashion show themed “Kanjivaram: Beyond trend and tradition” at Atria Shopping Gallery in Petaling Jaya.
On parade were designer blouses paired with traditional Kanjivaram saree, modern lehnga crafted from the exquisite silk and Kanjivaram shawls expertly put together with palazzo pants.
The designer blouses added a certain glamour, thanks to the creative stonework, cutwork, embroidery and zardosi (metal embroidery).
The models accessorised with jimikki kammal, which are dome-shaped earrings trending among the south Indian diaspora.
“Some of our customers wanted to add stones and beads on the saree but we feel that reduces the value of the saree which already has zari weave.
“If they want a little ‘bling’, we suggest those be added on to the saree blouse,” said Kavitha.
The saree materials presented at the show were a mix of old-school beauties and current patterns.
The boutique’s collection is updated every three months.
Colours are a big factor in one’s choice of saree.
Bright colours were the order of the day and some of the saree were draped in avant-garde style.
The use of Kanjivaram saree as lehnga is rarely done but Kavitha and her siblings felt it showcased the saree’s versatility.
Jeevitha said they wanted to show that traditional saree could be given a modern twist.
“Most people only consider wearing Kanjivaram saree to weddings. Now they realise it’s suitable for any nice dinner occasion,” she noted.
The two lehnga outfits featured were a standout – one a sunny yellow with sky blue stripes and the other in a striking traditional purple.
Also trending in India are palazzo pants that offer a fresh new look blending well with the rich and brightly coloured Kanjivaram shawls.
Matched with a plain top, the shawls speak for the entire outfit as it once again shows the elegance of Kanjivaram silk.
The evening’s show-stopper was a Sri Lankan Tamil bride decked in bridal finery and a veil only seen among the Sri Lankan Tamils.
The saree sported a rich dual shade of orange and pink with a two-tone blouse. On the bodice was fine zari work that added the right amount of glam for a bride.
Pattushastra is at H-10-1, Setiawalk Mall, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong in Puchong.