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Dramatic Kanjeevaram Motifs That Are Sure To Capture Your Hearts!

By TGB Desk / On December 1st, 2017

Hello dearest readers!

We hope all is well at your end and that you are having a lovely week thus far! And for those of you affected by cold weather, keep warm, have lots of hot soup and read blogs!

Okay, so let’s get started with some fashion inspiration for you today! We are just loving the current trend of customization, aren’t you? From blouse embellishments to floral accessories and from the mehendi designs to jewelry patterns, customization has seeped into every sphere of bridal fashion. Of late, brides have taken customization to the next fashionable level by opting for bespoke wedding sarees. And why not, when it comes to weddings, a lot of attention gets paid to the attire of the bride. So, it is but natural for the bride to want to look her best on the special day of her life! And boy, we are completely impressed by the new age brides who don’t mind going that extra mile to make their wedding special.

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The designers, taking heed of this need of the brides, are letting them choose the colors and even motifs that would adorn the wedding saree. Oh yes, you heard it right; You can choose the motifs for your Kanjeevaram saree.

So which motif should you select for your wedding saree? Here are a few options –

Majestic Gandabherunda

As per Hindu mythology, it’s a mythical two-headed bird. It is believed to possess immense strength & power and can be found in carvings of many South Indian temples. It is the emblem of erstwhile Vijayanagar & Mysore empires and can be seen in the emblem of current state government of Karnataka. This bird, said to be a manifestation of Lord Maha Vishnu, is considered very auspicious. Gandabherunda (also called Iruthala pakshi) motif lends grace to the Kanjeevarams and increases their beauty manifold.

Magnificent Yali

This majestic mythical creature is a motif that can be found as stone carvings across South Indian temples. Its used mainly for the pillars placed near the entrance of the temple. It is believed that Vyalas (in Sanskrit) protect and guard the temples by driving the evil spirits away. They usually have a body of a lion, tail of a serpent and the head of some other animal. A Vyala is believed to be the manifestation of Lord Shiva and this motif is one of the most ancient and popular ones to be used in Kanjeevaram sarees. A saree adorned with this motif is considered auspicious for weddings, naming ceremonies, baby showers and other religious festivities.

Evergreen Rudraksh 

Rudraksh (Rudra means Shiva and Aksha means tear drop) seeds have been known for their healing properties for centuries. It’s believed that Rudraksh emanated from the single tear of Lord Shiva. This motif is considered auspicious as its believed that Rudraksha has the ability to wipe the tears away and provide peace and happiness to the wearer.

Pulli Maan (Spotted Deer) Motif

According to a Hindu legend, Saraswati, Goddess of Learning takes the form of a deer called Rohit. That’s exactly why, in olden days, learned men and scholars used to sit on mats made of deer skin. Oh , and by the way, don’t we all know how a spotted deer plays a major role (in the epic Ramayana) in distracting Lord Rama and Lakshmana while Sita is being abducted. This motif can be found either in the border or as the buti all over the body of the saree.

Blooms & Vines

Woman has always been a nature lover. She has the innate ability to admire the serenity exuded by the flora and fauna. Our culture equates nature with feminity. This motif inspired by glorious nature is very popular among women for obvious reasons.

Divine Chakram

It is proved time and again that weavers adopted motifs that hold a lot of significance in Indian mythology or human life. Chakram (meaning Wheel / Circle) is one such important motif. As per Yoga science, there are 7 chakras (energy centers) in the human body. The significance of Sri Chakra, Kaala Chakra and Mandala in Hinduism is immense. The celestial weapon held by Lord Vishnu is a ‘Chakra’. The timeless beauty of a Kanjeevaram saree adorned with Chakram buti has to be seen to be believed.

Mythical Annapakshi

Annapakshi (commonly known as Annam), a mythological bird which resembles both peacock and swan is believed to possess an inherent ability to separate milk and water. This beautiful bird symbolizes purity, divinity & prosperity and is the vehicle of Goddess Saraswati. Its a given that this beautiful motif woven on a Kanjeevaram exudes divine beauty!

Vana Singaram

Vana Singaram literally means beauty of the forest. This brocade pattern motif deals with depiction of forest landscape (such as trees, rivers, flowers and wildlife) in all its glory. A vana singaram saree is so opulent that it would be a serious understatement to say that it’s fit for a queen!


A few other motifs that are popular with Kanjeevaram saree lovers –


Paisley (Mango)

Thilagam (Droplet)



Aren’t they incredibly stunning?

They say Kanjeevarams are dreams woven in silk. If that’s true, then at the risk of sounding too poetic, those lovely dreams are wedded beautifully with these gorgeous motifs in gold!

We fell in love with the mighty Gandabherunda motif. How about you? Do let us know which is your favorite motif?

Have a nice warm weekend!!

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