Pudava Kodukkal is an integral part of a Hindu marriage in Kerala. It is a ritual in which the groom presents the Pudava, a traditional cloth worn by Kerala women, to the bride. This is regarded as a sacred moment that symbolizes a lifetime of love and commitment between the bride and the groom. In fact, today, the kasavu saree could be worn on any special occasion.
For the first few washes, always go for dry cleaning. Hand wash with gentle detergents to retain the beauty of the garment
Did you know?
Raja Ravi Verma, one of the most prolific Indian painters of all time, depicts the Kasavu in exquisite detail particularly in his depiction of Shakuntala. The draping style he has portrayed is called the ‘nivi drape’, which features a pleated lower half and the pallu draped over the left shoulder. The colour of the blouse usually matches the colour of the sari’s border.
- Where is the kasavu saree produced?
The elegant kasavu sarees available at Kerala special are made by weavers in Balaramapuram, Thiruvananthapuram district. Balaramapuram is a historically significant place, famous for fine cotton handloom fabrics.
- How is a kasavu saree made?
- The cotton yarn in the roll form are wound to the small pirns for wefting and immersed in the kanji liquid to make them stiff.
- Cotton yarns are spread on the beam, knotted with previous cotton yarn and fixed on to the loom
- Zari threads are wound to the small pirns with the Charaka equipment for design and wefting.
- Zari bobbins are fed to the Zari warping beam that has the eyelets moving from one end to the other by winding the required length.
- The zari threads are then knotted to the previous threads and applied with melted wax for stronger grip.
- After the cotton yarn and the zari threads are inserted and tightened to the required length, the weaving is done with the controlled mechanism of the Jacquards for the insertion of the patterns.
- As per the pattern required, it is taken for embroidery or printing work
- The saree is evenly spread on the table using chalk powder and sticker gum
- It is then passed through a series of rollers for smooth finish, referred to as the calendering process
- What kind of accessories should I wear with a Kerala saree?
You may choose to go without much jewellery or if you like, you can pair your Kerala saree with a heavy temple neck piece. To give a contemporary touch, stick to one heavy piece i.e. if you are wearing a heavy necklace, wear smaller earrings and vice versa. Accessorize your hair with gajras and fresh flowers. Wear a gajra on a bun, or on a long plait, or pin a few fresh flowers to your wavy, open hair.