Drape yourself in nine yards of nostalgia.
By Palam Silks
"Flaunt your legacy in a very edgy way,"
says designer and founder of Palam Silks, Mrs Jeyasree Ravi.
During the Sangam era, the southern half of India flourished under the rule of four powerful kingdoms, the Cheras, Cholas, Pandyas and Pallavas. Their symbols have been traced back to when they were engraved on sculptures, coins and flags.
Carved sculptures of gods, goddesses and nature-inspired elements flanked temples typically. The coins depicted figures of a serpent, humped bull, elephant, trident, lamps and conches and their flags featured a tiger, pair of fish, bow & arrow and lion. All these elements have been transformed into bhuttas and border designs in the Dynasty Collection.
Saree woven with Pandya emblem
Saree woven with Chola emblem
Saree woven with pallava emblem
Saree woven with Chera emblem
The rulers were great patrons of art, architecture, culture and literature and were imperative in keeping South Indian art forms, including handloom and weaving, alive. Palam's weaves have paid homage to their artistry and craftsmanship by continuing the rich weaving tradition that flourished in the golden Sangam era.
Extensive research and study went into creating the designs of these silk masterpieces and their colours have been inspired by the grandeur and majesty of these kingdoms. Intricate details have been woven with gold, silver or copper zari into the bhuttas and pallu.
To add a modern twist to ancient designs, the sarees were kept predominantly borderless. The borderless Kanchivaram trend has only gotten stronger over 5 years, and they give a sleek, neat yet casually-dressed look.
Over a span of 15 years of compelling designs,
Palam Silks has forged an avant-garde route and has been at the forefront of countless trends in silk. Today, women across the country respect our homegrown weaves.
From representing pure tradition and the true flavour of the south, Palam Silks now creates modern, distinct Kanchivarams by blending vintage and vogue in fresh and bold ways.