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Difference Between Kanchipuram and Dharmavaram Sarees

Known as the 2nd largest silk producer in the world, India is also popular for its traditional wear, which is currently available worldwide.  Among traditional wear in India include Kanjeevaram sarees, Banarasi sarees, Pochampally sarees, Kanchipuram, Mysore silk sarees, Kubayra sarees, Konard sarees, Tussar sarees, and Paaithani sarees, just to name a few.  Although many may not differentiate among these attires, they vary in several ways.        

 

What is Kanchipuram?

Woven from pure mulberry silk, this is sarees produced in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu region in India. They are commonly worn as occasional and bridal wear by women in Karnakata, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. In the weaving process, three sari shuttles are used, with the weaver working from different directions with her aide, with the body and the border woven separately and then interlocked together. The joint is, however strong that the borders cannot detach. There are many available designs that derive inspiration from scriptures and images in temples, animals and natural features. 

 

What is Dharmavaram Sarees?

These are handwoven textiles with zari and mulberry silk and are made in Dharmavaram, Anantapur, India. Essential raw materials used in the production of Dharmavaram sarees include zari threads, mulberry silk, soap, water, and acid dyes. To obtain the best quality of silk, steam is used to boil cacoons hence obtaining the yard which is then twisted. To remove natural gums, the yarn is then degummed, a process that involves boiling yarn with soap and soda ash. Acid is then used to dye the sarees, after which it is dried on bamboo sticks. The pre-loom process follows thereafter with the winding of hank yarn, street sizing and the weaving process begins.

The sarees are commonly worn in cold weather conditions and in functions.

 

Similarities between Kanchipuram and Dharmavaram Sarees

  • Both are sarees produced in India

 

Differences between Kanchipuram and Dharmavaram Sarees

Definition

Kanchipuram sarees refers to sarees woven from pure mulberry silk and made in Kanchipuram. On the other hand, Dharmavaram sarees refers to handwoven textiles with zari and mulberry silk, and are made in Dharmavaram.

Area of production

While Kanchipuram sarees are made in Dharmavaram, Anantapur, India, Dharmavaram sarees are made in Dharmavaram, Anantapur, India.

Materials used

Kanchipuram is made from silk. On the other hand, Dharmavaram sarees are made from zari and mulberry silk.

Industry type

While the Kanchipuram sarees are categorized in the handicraft industry, the Dharmavaram sarees are categorized in the textile industry.

Kanchipuram vs. Dharmavaram Sarees: Comparison Table

 

Summary of Kanchipuram vs. Dharmavaram Sarees

Kanchipuram sarees refers to sarees woven from pure mulberry silk and made in Kanchipuram. On the other hand, Dharmavaram sarees refers to handwoven textiles with zari and mulberry silk, and are made in Dharmavaram.

 


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