Know your Motif - The Rudraksha

Silk sarees from Kanjivaram carry a lot of relevance and meaning to the rich culture and heritage and are influenced and inspired by the tradition and history of the south. Traditional Kanjivaram sarees have a lot of admirable features - borders are mostly Korvai borders, zari used is pure silver/gold, the weaving technique is complex yet craft rich, the motifs on the saree… All these make it the heirloom piece that it is.

Every motif you see on a Kanjivaram saree has its roots in our beliefs, culture and are influenced by the environment, nature, architecture, history and day to day activities. Through the “Know Your Motif” series, we, at Panjavarnam want to educate you, our beloved customers about these sarees and the work that has gone into it, to appreciate and enjoy the saree better.

It is important for a weaver to study and understand the origin of motifs, as it helps him/her develop their skill of designing/weaving. Understanding the design helps them design the saree better, giving these motifs better use and placement. Motifs also help decide the colour combination and style of the saree according to the occasion or ritual that the saree is woven for.

 A pure silk Kanjivaram with rudraksha motifs all over the body and pallu

We start this series with the most auspicious Rudraksha motifs. One of the most commonly used motifs in sarees, you can commonly find the rudraksha motifs lining the sides of a border. Rudraksha beads have an ascetic charm that signifies peace and power. It is thought to have spiritual and medically curative properties and are associated with Lord Shiva. A Rudraksha bead can have up to 21 faces - Ek Mukhi, Pancha Mukhi and so on.

The Rurdraksha motifs line the border in this gorgeous beige pure silk Kanjivaram

Rudraksha motifs in sarees are most commonly woven into the border. The motifs line the border either on a single side or both sides with a thick band of zari or no zari at all. Light Weight Traditional Sarees with a simple border have the Rudraksha motif on the border. Some traditional sarees, although rare, have this motif as bhutties on the body as well. There are also traditional bridal sarees that have the most traditional motifs like the annam, elephant and rudraksha woven only on to the pallu.

This silk saree has Rudraksha motifs in alternating stripes on the body and woven in a separate section on the pallu

Want to have a look at our Silks with Rudraksha Motifs? Here is a handpicked range of Rudraksha Motif sarees just for you.


                              Lightweight silk with rudraksha motifs lining the border                    Rudraksha Motifs on the body of the Kanjivaram silk saree



                    Bridal Kanjivaram with rudraksham motifs only on the pallu                   Rudraksham motifs on the body and pallu of this green Kanjivaram



                Beige Kanjivaram with Rudrakram lining a zari filled border                        Green Bridal Kanjivaram with Rudraksham on the body and pallu