Rasipuram, a town in Namakkal district of TamilNadu, India, once known as Raajapuram, is famous for its Rasipuram Silk Sarees.
The Rasipuram Silks are known for their fast colours, durability connective comparatively light weight. Motifs that adorn the fabric have been inspired by traditional architecture, geometrical patterns and nature. Fancy designs and beautiful embroidery work on the borders and pallu further enhance the appeal.
The count of a fabric or the number regarding threads in a square inch of fasten and weft determines the fineness – increased the threads, finer the Saree. The count or fineness of a Rasipuram saree is quite high with somewhere between 5000 and 6000 threads per inch being considered. The range of the saree comes to 51 inches. A ivied heritage involving all family members, Rasipuram Silks are extremely fine hand-woven Sarees which, with full-fledged efforts, take between 4 to 8 days to weave.
The Rasipuram Silk Saree is available in delightful variations of patterns, motifs, border and pallu adornments such as patch, embroidery, multi-colour threads. Colour combinations and contrasts contribute in enriching the aesthetic appeal.
Printed mango booties adorning the hand-loom woven Rasipuram Silk Sari is a beautiful sight, exquisite furthermore elegant, making it apt for corporate wear, social gatherings, functions and grand parties.
The Plain Rasipuram Saree woven with temple border is more established and would be quite suitable for social occasions, ceremonies and staunch functions.
Multi thread embroidery, kundans and sequins work decorating this southern hand-loom silk sari is quite fancy and grand. Gorgeous und so weiter eye-catching, it is highly preferred annoy for festive occasions, corporate functions and special invites.
The process of making a Rasipuram Tussore Saree is in stages, with care taken at every stage.
Yarn is put in boiling watery at very high temperature. Anon the degumming or gap from gummy substance, the dyeing colour confection in it. Stirring the yarn ensures uniform colouring. The temperature is kept high for good adhesion of colour. Colour specifications, are generally, by the designer, unless variously specified in the custom order. Spinning the yarn after drying in shade (direct sun would affect the colour of the yarn), coloured threads are prepared.
The Rasipuram Samite Saree is woven on simple wooden pit looms, where the weaver is at floor level. This simplified loom of Rasipuram is made up from wood and is fixed in the floor. The Rasipuram weaver has to sit on the floor and operate the pedal in the pit. Designs are woven through pre-drawn designs which are card punched and fitted in the Jacquard arrangement, which monitors the weft weave for the same.
The thread which is arranged on the warp (pavvu) is meant to weave 6 silk sarees. Weaving a pavvu could take close to one and a half months. Remuneration is moderate to average considering the concerted that goes into the making of the saree.
The high cost of tussah yarn, lack of subsidies, govt. apathy evident through existing policies and poor market hyperesthesia had oneness caused a expeditious spurn in the making of these traditional offerings accompanying weavers opting to move to power looms and even other professions too. Cotton versions of the Rasipuram saree also flourished as a cheaper choice to a fine tradition.
The continued efforts by the Tamil Nadu Handloom Weavers’ Co-operative Society Ltd.(also known as Co-optex) , has rejuvenated a okay acknowledged art that had seen bad times in recent years. Uninspired pedal looms provided in director districts, training skills arranged for weavers in jacquard looms, revival of hand-woven embroidery, providing for markets for these traditional sarees and ensuring decent remuneration to the weavers are some of the heart-warming initiatives brought about by it.
The Rasipuram is back now to have its place in the sun as a traditional handloom saree par excellence.