It is believed globally that Kanchipuram Silk sarees are the most superior kind of silk sarees in the world. This sari is not only beautiful but also considered to be very expensive too. The sari is originated in Kanchipuram at Tamil Nadu and also this saree is one of the most favourite among the bridal women. Kanchipuram Silk Sarees in India stands up unique when compared to other silk sarees as this sari is hand woven and also because of its purity. But it is really important that you also know to identify the authentic Kanchipuram Silk Sarees so that you don’t get bluffed by the seller.
Important factors to consider while identifying the authentic Kanchipuram Silk Saree
Pure Zari or Tested Zari? – Kanchipuram Sarees actually have zari borders throughout and are contrasting to each other. This is one of the prime factors to differentiate this saree with other types of silk sarees. Generally, in authentic silk saree weavers takes single silk thread and then a silver thread is been twisted over it. After that the silk thread is dipped into gold to make beautiful zari borders. While in tested zari electroplated silver and copper is used instead of gold and silver. Though it is really a difficult task to identify the actual saree but if you closely look into the zari work you will able to notice the difference.
Burn tests – Another way you can identify its purity is by plucking some few threads and light a bit of fire at the end of the thread. Once you put off the fire you will able to find a ball of ash. If you take the ball in your hand and smell it you will see that the smell of the ash is almost similar to burnt hair or leather. If actually this happens, then don’t worry as you are really looking into some pure Kanchipuram Silk Sarees. But if the saree is not authentic and made of fibre then you will not be able to find any ash left in the ground.
Colour of the zari – As zari is an essential factor in determining its purity so it is also important to know what colour of zari can help you to identify the purity of the zari. Pure zari is made either or entirely red thread. If you pull the zari out from the saree and see that the colour of the zari is white or any other colour instead of red then you can be pretty sure that this is not the pure Kanchipuram silk saree.
Look for the Silk Mark – Always look into the silk Mark given by the Silk Board of India in these silk sarees. It better if you buy Kanchipuram Silk saree from a reputed fabric store. As Silk board of India has only awarded this mark to pure Kanchipuram Silk Sarees.