The Kanchipuram sari: a labor of love
Internationally acclaimed Wedding Photographer Andrew Adams documents his experience of witnessing silk sari making.
Kanchipuram has long been known for their exquisite hand woven silk saris. While photographing Indian weddings, I would often hear from the brides, their mothers, and families about these famous works of art, that often become cherished family heirlooms.
Earlier this year a new couture label in Toronto contacted me to photograph and document this rich tradition of silk sari making. I was thrilled! Since I was in Mumbai I decided to make the trip, a quick flight to Chennai and my journey began. I felt I was stepping back in time to a gentler era. It was incredible to witness the entire process of silk sari making from start to finish. A timeless tradition that has not changed in many years. The time and effort that goes into each piece is monumental, some of the intricate wedding saris can take up to one full month to complete. With beautiful pure gold thread, and the brightest hand died silks.
It was a pleasure to photograph and witness this timeless tradition. I am excited to see how Silk Factor will be taking this ancient craft and update it to create a timeless fashion statement for brides to be!