Dating back to the late 18th century, Maharaja Balarama Varma of Travancore brought weavers from Valiyur, Tamil Nadu, to Balaramapuram for the purpose of weaving clothing for the royal family.
Balaramapuram's traditional textiles feature a border of exquisite gold zari stripe towards the edge. These textiles are predominantly crafted using natural cotton yarn.
The customary Chendamangalam mundu or settu mundu is adorned with colored borders accompanied by a corresponding stripe of the same hue, while the ornamentation with kasavu is kept minimal.
Regarding the actual process, Chendamangalam fabrics are meticulously woven using frame looms, possessing a slightly denser texture compared to similar textiles crafted in Balaramapuram.
Kuthampully sarees have gained immense popularity in Kerala due to the exquisite range of jacquard patterns that embellish them, setting them apart from sarees woven in other regions of the state.
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These sarees employ half-fine zari, reducing the overall cost while enhancing their appeal, contributing to their widespread acclaim. the sarees produced in this area typically exhibit an off-white hue, due to use of natural, undyed cotton yarn.
Sarees woven in Kasargod and Mangalore share similar designs, spanning from Kannur to Mangalore. Kasaragod's weavers, originally from the Padmashaliya community, have their roots in Mysore.
Contrary to the conventional image of Kerala sarees featuring natural cotton and adorned with kasavu, these sarees stand out with their vibrant colors and absence of zari embellishments. However, their design maintains a modest aesthetic.