Tamil Nadu is mainly known for its fine handicrafts and handlooms. There are shops all over Tamil Nadu which deals in beautifully woven fabrics and sarees in silk and cotton. Kanchipuram silk saris are known all over India. Various other famous shopping items are temple lamps in brass and copper, copper plates in brass and silver, musical instruments, metal bells, idol carvings in wood, stone, metal, cane and leather products. There are excellent shops for silk and silk saris, rosewood and sandalwood carvings in Tamil Nadu. In Kanchipuram and thanjavur, the silk saris and metal work can be directly bought from the craftsmen. The state is also known for its fine gold and gem studded jewellery.
Kanhipuram Silk Sarees
Kanchipuram is the silk city of India. It has a thriving handloom industry with an enviable reputation as the producer of the best silk sarees in India. The silk weavers of Kanchi settled more than 400 years ago and kept up an unflinching tradition of producing impeccable silk sarees.
Each of the Kanchipuram silk saree is unique in itself since it is entirely hand woven with dyed silk yarn with interleaved designs made with 'Zari' - a Silk thread twisted with thin Silver wire and then gilded with pure Gold. Technically, the silk thread used for weaving Kanchipuram Sarees is made up of three single threads twisted together. Woven from pure mulberry silk, these sarees have classic texture, luster, durability and finish. With their dazzling colors and exquisite designs, Kanchipuram silk sarees are worn by the rich and affluent across India.