The temple city of Kanchipuram is also the silk city of India. It has a thriving handloom industry with an enviable reputation as the producer of the best silk sarees in India. The silk weavers of Kanchi settled more than 400 years ago and kept up an unflinching tradition of producing impeccable silk sarees.
With an economy entirely dependent on tourism and the well-established
handloom industry, Kancheepuram has thousands of handlooms and skilled
weavers that make its silk sarees one of the best in the entire world.
About 75% of Kanchipuram's population is dependent on the Silk Saree
industry, either directly or indirectly. Yet, the city does not
manufacture Silk or any other raw material that goes into its silk
sarees. The Silk industry is entirely made up of Handloom weavers and
Each of the Kanchipuram silk saree is unique in itself since it is
entirely hand woven with dyed silk yarn with interleaved designs made
with 'Zari' - a Silk thread twisted with thin Silver wire and then
gilded with pure Gold. Technically, the silk thread used for weaving
Kanchipuram Sarees is made up of three single threads twisted together.
Woven from pure mulberry silk, these sarees have classic texture,
luster, durability and finish. With their dazzling colors and exquisite
designs, Kanchipuram silk sarees are worn by the rich and affluent
You can witness a splurge of Kanchipuram silk sarees at its best during
the month of October, the time when the temple city hosts Silk Tourism