At first glance, the journey of Kanjeevaram and filter coffee — from seed to loom and seed to cup — may have little or nothing in common, however at a well curated evening by Mr. Mallik Kankatala and Mr. Anirudh Kankatala , DISCOVER KANJEEVARAM, proves that there are many parallel paths.

Originally from Visakhapatnam, Andhra PradeshKANKATALA is known for their gold zari brocades and gold tissue sarees woven in pure zari, the designs of kanchipuram sarees are inspired from the temples in Kanchipuram city, which is also called city of 1000 temples. Kanchipurams are known for their korvai borders, which mean the borders and body are woven separately using 3 shuttles and then attached, which give the uniqueness of the color combination to Kanchipurams.

Mr. Anirudh Kankatala, Padma Swarupa and Mr. Mallik Kankatala

The evening DISCOVER KANJIVARAM hosted by second and third generation  legacy Mr. Mallik Kankatala and  Mr. Anirudh Kankatala saw some unique perfectly draped authentic hand woven Kanchipurams.Some of the names were Bandhani, Kalamkari, Chikankari, Linen, Kora, Printed and Big Border Kanchipurams.

Ruchita Bansal with Harjinder Kaur

About Kankatala

Started in 1943 by founder and first-generation entrepreneur Shri Kankatala Appalaraju as a modest single store nestled in the old town of Visakhapatnam during the pre-independent India period, from selling the saris door to door on a bicycle Kankatala has come a long way and grown a legacy to reckon with.

Kankatala is known for its authentic Hand Woven Saris established in 1943. The 3 generation legacy emerging from the heart of Andhra Pradesh has created an omnichannel presence with 13 stores spread across Andhra Pradesh & Telangana and a strong eCommerce channel that caters to the Indian diaspora worldwide.

Archana Aggarwal and Neelam Pratap Rudy

What makes the brand truly one of a kind is the fact that it houses more than ten thousand exclusive handwoven saris that are handpicked by a Kankatala family member; this ensures that each saree is unique in its way and only the finest quality products are presented to their customers.

Each Karnataka saree is as unique as its patrons. The brand is known for its authentic handloom bridal sarees of  Kanchipuram, Banarasi, Paithani, Patolas and it also hosts a variety of other Indian weaves that include  Ikat, Kotas, Uppadas, Khadi, Jamdani, Organza, Kalamkari, Gadwal, Tussar, etc all sourced from weaving clusters spread across India and

Entrepreneur Somya Khurana, Garima Nagpal and Designer Neha Gupta

Kanchipurams shown at the event DISCOVER KANJEEVARAM

  1. Bandhani Kanchipurams: Kanchipurams from Tamil Nadu and send them to kutch in Gujarat and get the bandhani done on them.
  2. Kalamkari Kanchipurams: They work with the finest kalamkari artisans and do hand painted kalamkari over kanchipurams.
  3. Chikankari Kanchipurams: They have a unique collection of blending lucknow chikankaris with kanchipurams from the south.
  4. Linen Kanchipurams: Linen is used in place of silk in Kanchipurams
  5. Kora Kanchipurams: They use Kora Organza to make light weight kanchipurams
  6. Printed Kanchipurams: We do exclusive prints on kanchipurams florals prints, and also block prints.
  7. Big Border Kanchipurams: Unique kanchipurams with Skirt border, Zamindar border sarees with big brocade borders.