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Beads used to keep count during the ‘japam' or continuous chanting of God's name. In the weaver's bands, beads of gold.


Is a Tamil bride ready for marriage? Yes, if her diamond earrings are ready! The weaver can't help but weave in the diamond motif every now and then.


From forehead to loc, the Tamil woman finds may ways to tell the world she's married – the neli or toe ring is slipped in by the husband when she places her feet on the grinding stone during the wedding.


A creeper, a grapevine…. Yet another of nature's patterns that the weaver draws from.


Another speciality – ‘Korvai' meaning solid or contrast borders. With a series of delicately woven motifs in zari. The three bells denoting the chalangai or anklet could well be followed by the chequered pattern of the peacock's eys, the arm jewelvanki, bunches of grapes, creepers and mangoes… All in one saree ! And the touch of surprise – ‘meena' work or coloured thread in between the zari.


Revel in the plains – the endless brightness of parrot green, the depths of coffee brown, the shimmer of golden yellow.. choose your moods. Or be surprised by the double coloured – the blue green mayilkazhuthu (peacock's neck) the red-or-ange of a lion, the violet green of a new born mango leaf…


Elaborate end pieces woven separately and then skillfully woven together with the main body, without any signs of a joint… the wonder of “Pitni” work.

Courtecy - The Hindu date 24-july-2009

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