Kerala saris are usually made of cotton by hand weavers. Called Kasavu saris, they are white or ivory fabric with a colorful border. Kasavu is the name of the simple or elaborate gold brocade border which is uniquely identifiable and simply beautiful.
The national dress of Kerala women is the mundu-veshti. The mundu is wrapped around the waist like a skirt while the veshti is wrapped around the waist and the left shoulder. At a glance, it looks like a sari. The borders of both pieces have the same color(s) and design. A coordinating blouse, as with a sari, is worn underneath and purchased separately. Special mundu-veshti sets are available with wide gold lace borders which are usually worn by a bride for her wedding.
The lovely ladies I met at the Spice Shop in Kochi were wearing the traditional Kerala saris on the day that I met them. In the photo to the right, they are Kiran Devi, Sindhya, Daisy, Sheeba and Naufia.
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