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Onam Sarees For Women
During the Keralite festival of onam, women of all ages wear the mundum neriyathum and take part in folk dance meant only for women called kaikottikali. The mundum neriyathum for festive occasion has golden coloured borders or a broad zari border known as Kasavu, lending the costume another name of "Kasavu Saree"
Origin And History
Kerala Kasavu which was originally known as ‘Mundum Neriyathum’, traces itself way back to the Buddhist era. Slowly and gradually this ethnic fabric spread out its essence to the southern parts of India and became richly prominent in Kerala. However, the style of the fabric also finds its original essence from the Graeco-Roman culture which was known as ‘Palmyrene’.
This attire was gradually considered as a long piece of fabric which possessed a colored gold border that was displayed as a long garment and pinned onto to the left side of the shoulder. However, this attire till the 1970s was not worn as a typical sari, as the pallu was not considered as something that had to be draped as an upper garment.
Present Day Scenario
Golden borders have now been replaced with different kinds and color of zaris and the work and designs which represent the traditional culture, are now crafted in the essence of Resham,
Kerala Kasavu Fabric
It enhancing the look and glamor of the sari. Regular Kasavu blouses have now paved the way for designer blouses, which are more in sync with today’s generation and modern fashionable tastes and trends. The upper clothing of the mundu is no longer traditionally tucked inside the Kasavu blouses, since now as per the modern trends these pallus go over the left shoulder which gives the entire attire a sophisticated look.
Faces Behind The Fabric
This artwork presented on the sari symbolized and defined the personality and the cultural aspect of women who had their cultural roots deep in the soil of Kerala. The original essence of this fabric felt a noticeable presence depicted through the remarkable sketches of Painter Raja Ravi Verma. The design of this fabric also found its popularity in the mythological epics like Mahabharata which portrayed Shakuntala in many Kerala Kasavu attires.
The basic attire of Kerala Kasavu is basically categorized into two pieces of garments; one is the ‘kara’ which represents the colored bit of a design that is imprinted in the border and the second which is the ‘Mundu’ that defines the lower portion of the garment. The attire also consists of the upper garment which is known as the ‘Neriyathu’.
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