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Kasavu sarees, also known as Kerala sarees, hold the essence of Kerala’s culture and heritage. These unique sarees, characterized by their organic hues and intricate gold borders, symbolize elegance. During the auspicious Onam festival in 2023, women adorn these sarees to pay homage to Lord Vishnu’s Vamana Avatar, which blessed Kerala.

The kasavu element in the saree refers to the golden zari border, not the saree itself. The stunning contrast of the golden borders against the saree’s pristine white symbolizes Kerala’s abundant natural beauty and lush landscapes.

Traditionally, kasavu threads were made of pure gold, signifying prosperity and success. However, as gold became scarcer and pricier, artisans started incorporating gold and copper-coated silver threads, maintaining the golden hue while ensuring affordability.

Creating a basic kasavu saree with a simple border takes around three to five days, while more intricate designs require more time. The pricing depends on the craftsmanship and the gold used in the zari.

Kasavu sarees have transcended regional boundaries, gaining popularity not only in Kerala but also across India and internationally. They come in various patterns and materials, allowing a diverse range of choices.

These sarees embody Kerala’s tradition and cultural significance, making them a cherished attire during the Onam festival and a representation of the state’s rich heritage.

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