Motif Limelight - The 'Mayil' or Peacock

Motif Limelight - The 'Mayil' or Peacock

Timeless motifs of Kanjivarams

Over the centuries, a range of several patterns has become characteristic of Kanjivaram sari designs. These motifs and patterns were not just decorative but also had strong symbolic connotations, both in mythology and folklore. Motifs play a twin role — of aesthetic appeal, and as a reflection of symbolic meaning. Over the years, many drastic changes have occurred in the making and weaving of Kanchipuram sarees, but the traditional motifs and patterns remain unchanged. When it is crafted in a saree, the shiny lustrous look of the zari highlights the drape and enhances the elegance. 


Mayil (peacock)

A beautiful and inherently long-established symbol of the Indian culture since historic times, the Peacock motif has graced several forms of art and architecture and has been a matter of pride and prestige for centuries. A 12th-century text describes the city of Kanchipuram as a peacock. It’s no wonder that this deeply rooted symbolism paved into Kanjivaram's famous weaving community. The peacock symbolizes love and prosperity in Indian art and its feather symbolizes immortality and immunity to evil.

The Kanchipuram sarees were used to showcase royalty and class during the king’s era and the peacock motifs were the cherries on top of these silk canvases. Having deep ties with Hindu gods and goddesses, they are considered a matter of great pride, luxury and nobility in ancient times. In Kanjivaram silk, the motif is widely used in different forms such as single peacock, twin peacock, etc.. 


At Parisera, we often use peacock motifs to embellish either the body or borders of Kanjivaram silk sarees; you can take a look at some of those sarees here. 








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