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My first handloom Negamam



I didn’t know what a Negamam sari was till I became a part of the W3 group. I had bought three Negamam saris at Kumaran Stores many years back when I thought that all cottons were handloom :):). When I figured out the difference between handloom and power loom products, I wanted to get a handloom Negamam. When this sari got posted online by Co-optex, I grabbed it immediately.

Read a little about the Negamam saris. This is written by Mr. Venkatesh Narasimhan, MD of Co-optex. “Negamam is a small village near Pollachi, in Coimbatore District TN, and has a rich weaving tradition. These Soft cotton Sarees are examples of skillful weaving, from weavers who had perfected the art of weaving silks and passed on to generations next. The body of the saree is in fine 80 x 80 cotton, with solid border colours, and the craftsmanship can be seen in the intricate thread weaving of the pallu! They use a double jacquard weaving for the motifs and thread weaving in the pallu! Sometimes, a half-fine Zari will also be used to pep up the Pallu. They are very popular for Office wear and gives the  much needed comfort during Summer !!”

This is the backside of the Pallu of two saris. The one on the left is a power loom made sari and the one on the right is a hand woven sari. The power loom product doesn't have a break in the threads, while the hand woven one has breaks for each motif. Effort and sheer artistry.

This is the backside of the Pallu of two saris. The one on the left is a power loom made sari and the one on the right is a hand woven sari. The power loom product doesn’t have a break in the threads, while the hand woven one has breaks for each motif. Effort and sheer artistry.

I wore this sari at Allepey. These pictures are taken inside the hotel room :).

negamam 1

The neckpiece is from Desh Maheshwari, beautiful maroon coloured stones… maybe Carnelian, but am not sure. And the blouse is a Khunn.

negamam 2

Like I said in the previous post, wearing handloom is like wearing art everyday !! The difference in comfort, between this handloom Negamam and the power loom Negamam is huge. I have a feeling that some polyester or art silk yarn was mixed in the power loom sari while this is pure cotton. The handloom Negamam is also very soft and fine unlike the heavier power loom product.

Enjoyed wearing this sari and will wear it for many many years.

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2 comments

  1. You can give it to me when you are tired of wearing this. ;-)(I am sure you never will)

    Swapna

    Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:41:48 +0000 To: swapnaramani@hotmail.com

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