Sarees are my passion
Sarees are my passion

Ethnic Indian Sarees :: Molakalmuru Cotton and Silk Sarees

Written by: Bindu Lakshmi, edited by: Kiran Kankipati
Published: 23-Mar-2017

 

Ancestral Molakalmuru with a modern twist!

Molakalmuru is a village panchayat town in Chitradurga district,Karnataka state, India. Molakalmuru is best known for its hand-woven silk sarees of exquisite design and craftsmanship It is said Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV (Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar) during his visit to the place in 1914, he appreciated the finesse of these sarees. Molakalmuru means broken knees in Kannada(native regional language), according to a local legend, the town was thus named after a battle between the native Indians and the British, in which due to the rocky and hilly terrain behind the city, the British suffered many broken knees in their losing battle. which surrounds this town. Today it is just a history, historians believe that this name is merely a symbolic reference to the broken pride of the British. World famous for its renowned silk sarees as weaving is the major occupation of the place.

Molakalmuru sarees are available in silk and cotton. It has been granted geographical Indication tag, which add a extra credit to these sarees. The beautiful floral designs and the rich pallu make these sarees attractive and gorgeous. The long border sarees have a contrast border and the traditional touch is their specialty. The weaving is done mainly on pit looms with either fly shuttle or throw shuttle technique. Three shuttles are used in which one shuttle is used for body portion and two shuttles for both the borders. One can see also see double border sarees which are available in two contrast colors. Motifs which are nature-inspired such as birds, animals and fruits are very few examples.

Fabric care for Molakalmuru saree:
Do check out for specific care instructions on the garment once you purchase and follow the instructions carefully, it addition to it, here are certain guidelines

  • Best to be given for dry clean
  • If willing only to wash at home, than use good quality, mild detergent
  • Once wash cycle is done, dry the fabric in shade to prevent the color from fading
  • Wrap these traditional attire with soft muslin fabric and store them, do not put naphthalene balls and other repellents in direct contact to these fabrics
  • Do not wring or squeeze the fabric
  • Keep changing the folds of stored sarees once in a while to ensure that the fabric doesn’t tear from the creases
  • If required one can starch cotton saree as well
  • One can steam press and iron the fabric, in a medium-low heat


References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molakalmuru_Sari
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molakalmuru
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2012/dec/31/karnatakas-own-molakalmuru-silk-sarees-go-online-438628.html



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