National Handloom Day – Koorainadu Saree

While I wore the Koorainadu saree on the 5th, I wore it again today to celebrate the National Handloom Day.

About Koorainadu Handloom Sarees, excerpt from Co-optex’s FB page –

“The Weavers of Koorainadu, had stopped weaving these beautiful Silk Cottons, due to adequate patronage and lack of marketing support. Co-optex decided to revive the weaving of these beautiful and ethnic Koorainadu Silk Cotton Sarees. 

Meet Mrs. R. Manimegalai, 54 years old, president of Kooraitex Weavers Society in Koorainadu of Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu. She has been a pillar of support to Cooptex, since we first visited her in 2014 to revive the weaving of these sarees. She was the first one to start weaving the Koorainadu saree, and subsequently motivated 10 more women of Koorainadu to weave these Sarees. When the first saree was woven and given to us she was beaming with joy and pride. She helped us in getting those best Vintage Sarees of Koorainadu revived. She weaves three Koorainadu Silk Cottons a month! She is one of the most successful Women Presidents of Weavers in Tamil Nadu. She is surely one of our Unsung Heroines, who deserves a special mention. 

Encourage and motivate Manimegalai and her peer Weavers of Koorainadu, by draping these beautiful Silk Cottons!”

This post was also an appeal to handloom patrons to buy some Koorainadu sarees. I bought one in a new colour palette.

A beautiful Koorainadu

It drapes like a dream and because its silk by cotton, you can wear it right through the year.

A special thanks to the weaver Thiru. Alagesan for weaving this beauty.

Koorainadu Saree and the weaver Thiru Alagesan

Note – “The aforesaid highly skilled weaver along with his family members takes 8 days to weave this saree of 5.50 metres, and in this process moves his hands and legs 13,000 times. This weaver is in the weaving profession for past 25 years.”

We truly own a piece of art when we buy handloom. Please make place for handlooms in your wardrobes so that our weaving “virasat” (heritage/legacy) can be kept intact.

#IWearHandloom #NationalHandloomDay

3 thoughts on “National Handloom Day – Koorainadu Saree”

    • Thanks Mr. Tharoor. I do know Sreemathy Mohan as I was a part of the saree group that she and a friend of her’s managed. She does have an enviable collection of handloom sarees.


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