How to identify an authentic Kanjivaram Saree?

Kanjivaram Sarees, also known as Kanchipuram sarees, are a type of traditional Indian silk saree made in the town of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India. These sarees are known for their intricate designs, high-quality pure silk, and vibrant colors.

Kanjivaram Silk Sarees have a long history that dates back to the Chola dynasty's rule in the seventh century. A hamlet in Tamil Nadu called Kanchipuram was highly known for its skilled silk weavers who could create luxurious Pure silk garments. The sarees were famed for their gorgeous designs and excellent silk, and the women of the royal family would typically wear them for significant ceremonies and occasions. If history is to be believed, the British colonial government's monopoly on Indian silk production and export throughout the 19th century almost led to the extinction of these traditional silk saree weavers. However, the wealthy and aristocratic classes continued to use these magnificent pure silk sarees, and Kanchipuram's weavers continued to practice their craft. 


There are myriad reasons that have made Kanjivaram Silk Sarees a cult favorite. The silk used in Kanjivaram Saree is soft, smooth, and has a subtle shine, and the zari work (a type of thread used to create intricate designs) is made with real gold or silver thread. This high-quality craftsmanship makes Kanjivaram Sarees, a luxurious choice for special occasions. Kanjivaram Sarees have a deep cultural significance in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu. They are often worn by women on special occasions like weddings and festivals, and have been a traditional part of South Indian culture for centuries. Their high-quality craftsmanship, durability, versatility, cultural significance, and royal appeal make them a popular choice for people all over the world. Whether it's for a special occasion or simply for personal style, Kanjivaram Sarees are a timeless choice for any woman.

With the rise in popularity of Kanjivaram Sarees, there has also been an increase in the number of counterfeit sarees on the market. At the  WeaverStory, we painstakingly work with skilled artisans to ensure that we offer nothing but the best. Here are some tips to help you identify an authentic Kanjivaram saree:

  1. Look for the quality of the silk: Authentic Kanjivaram Sarees are made from high-quality silk, which is soft, smooth, and has a subtle shine. If the silk feels rough or stiff, it is most probably a fake.
  2. Check the weight of the saree: Kanjivaram Sarees are quite heavy, due to the use of high-quality silk and gold or silver woven thread that forms basis of their intricate designs. If the saree feels light, it is likely a fake.
  3. Examine the zari work: Zari is a type thread that is used to create intricate designs on  Kanjivaram sarees. Authentic zari work is made with real gold or silver thread and is very intricate. Fake zari work is often made with cheaper materials and is not as intricate.
  4. Look for a stamp of authenticity: Many authentic Kanjivaram Sarees will have a stamp of authenticity from the government of Tamil Nadu, which certifies that the saree is an authentic Kanjivaram Saree.
  5. Check the Pallu: The Pallu is the ornate end of the saree that drapes over the shoulder. In authentic Kanjivarams, the Pallu will have a similar design as the saree’s body and a zari border.
  6. Check the border: The border of an authentic Kanjivaram Saree will have a zari border which is quite broad, around 3 inches or more. The zari work is quite intricate and will have small motifs.
  7. Check the body: The body of an authentic Kanjivaram Saree will have small motifs, with very fine zari work. The motifs will be symmetrical and evenly spaced.
  8. Check for the thread count: Authentic Kanjivaram Sarees are known for their high thread count, usually around 80-120 per inch. A saree with a lower thread count is likely to be a fake.
  9. Check for the price: Authentic Kanjivaram Sarees are quite expensive, due to the high-quality silk and silver or gold zari work. If the price seems too good to be true, it is likely a fake.

In conclusion, identifying an authentic Kanjivaram Saree requires attention to detail and a good understanding of the characteristics of these sarees. By checking the quality of the silk, the weight of the saree, the zari work, the stamp of authenticity, the Pallu, the border, the body, the thread count and the price, you can be sure that you are getting a genuine Kanjivaram Saree. Remember, if you're in doubt, it's best to buy from a reputable seller or a shop, like the  WeaverStory, known for selling authentic Kanjivaram Sarees.

As the  WeaverStory values history and authenticity, we have a beautiful selection of  Kanjivaram Sarees that are individually and meticulously crafted with time, skill, and talent. These saris are deserving of being passed down to future generations as heirloom treasures. 

To own a timeless drape of class and tradition, have a look at our selection mesmerizing  Kanjivaram silk sarees


 Handloom Mauve Pure Silk Kanjivaram Saree With Veldhari Gold Zari Work

 The motifs on these sarees draw inspiration from old temple architecture or mythology. The pallu of this jaw-dropping mauve saree is a beautiful piece of art with intricate design work that is sure to leave behind the trails of your grace. The paisleys, the rudraksh motifs, the lines and the finely crafted borders are just a testament to the hard work that goes behind weaving one of their jewels. 


Our best weavers weaved this exotic blue and green Kanjivaram saree with great care and attention to detail, and it includes a bright blue blouse piece that matches the border.


 Handloom Yellow Pure Silk Kanjivaram Saree With Korvai Black Border

This pure silk Kanjivaram saree with a typical black border flanked with a tinge of blue and the zari work gives the entire saree a vividness of its own.

Author - Aditi Bapna