The story, heritage and collective memory of Kasavu textile, from Kerala
Here's presenting Kasavu sari diva Shirley Pillai, Headmistress of Powai English High School. "Some memories always bring a smile on your face, and this photograph of mine in a Kasavu sari with baby Krishna on the pallu captures one such events. We are four sisters and have always been very close. Though, after getting married we don't usually find enough time to spend with each other.
But this day, three years ago, was different. We three came together, after a long time, for an Onam-celebration shoot by Doordarshan Trivandrum. Just like our childhood days, we decorated the whole house together with torans, kolams, flowers. and wore our traditional Kasavu sari. It was a very special feeling. I can still feel the joy and the happiness of that day.
For our entire family Kasavu sari is associated with festivity and joy. I remember falling in love with it as a 13-year-old girl living in the Malyalee-dominated IIT Powai, Mumbai. During Onam, many women in the campus would drape these sarees and dance and sing and cook food and look stunning.
But unlike them I don't style my sari with gold jewellery, I prefer oxidised, imitation jewellery, which looks great with this sari. That's how I like it." #kasavusari #onamsari #onamsaree #Kerala #Indiantextile #Indiansari #keralasari #sarispeak #sariofinstagram #sarigram @keralatourism #keralagram #keralatradition