There can never be any question regarding undisputed supremacy of the Queen of all traditional dresses for women in india-the saree! The opulence of a silk saree is unquestionable for many reasons. Be it the glisten of the smooth texture in some, the rough hand woven matte in another, the simmering beauty of bright resham, or the quiet glint of real zari. All of this and the sheer fact that an expert pair of very dexterous hands, have woven this magic-makes a silk saree worth its weight in gold.
Women have always found ways and means to make their silks, be it Gadwals, Jamawars, a Gharchola or a Maheshwari, come alive with its own unique beauty, deftly combining right jewelry and suitably designed blouse. Apart from this is the inimitable kuchu. If ever one would have noticed, sarees in particular from the southern parts of India come endowed with a very fine finish all along its pallu. It’s a gorgeous tasseled finish, that makes the drape end in the most classic of ways. This is called the ‘kuchu’-the perfect ending to the magical nine yards.
Here are four great reasons why a kuchu is a must for silks sarees in particular:
Here are some truly gorgeous kuchu designs that have an amazing impact on the overall look of the saree:
Here, the very simplicity of adding just the same colors as found on the saree, makes the kuchu looking inherently part of the saree itself. The perfect matching of thee pink and green and the longish tassel with double knots crossing each other at the top creates the very popular net style albeit in a very simple design. Great for heavy Chanderi silks and Maheshwaris which come in such color combinations, and could do with a bold ending to its subtle graceful look.
Here’s my second pick-this golden and turquoise blue thread kuchu with golden beads to define the work on the saree. Would look resplendent with silk satins or Jamawars as the color of the golden silk tassel would do great justice to the color combination. The uniqueness in this pattern lies in the sequencing of four blues followed by three golden, thus making the blue look vibrant set against the golden tassel.
A thumb rule in any kuchu design is the aesthetics of combination, and in this case, great care has been taken to highlight delicately, the use of gold in the saree with a single thread in the pink tassle and the usage of gorgoreus beads in between. Pure innovaton , there is so much mind that has gone into this design. Worth replicating!
While crystals lend that affable delicate look to any saree, it is the usage of metal beads that can lift it to quite another level. Great with tussars in metallic colors or any plain silk saree with simple metallic colored work. It would lift the color combination to another high. Smart, sassy and the kind that will suit those who love to wear silver jewelry.
Making big waves in the kuchu design market, the age old crochet does turn a new leaf and in this case, a gorgeous sap green and deep forest green. You see here a thread crochet that has been innovatively combined with golden beads. Any crochet work lends ultra feminine beauty to a look taking it away from being over dressy look of a heavy saree, and giving it a feel of being more contemporary. Would look simply great with plain soft silks, plain tussars and even with Chanderi silks. I daresay that I would not shy away from trying it even with my heavier Uppada silk as they will lend it an air of informality. If you have a saree that has thread work on silk, this would be the kuchu you have been looking for. All you have to do is switch colours that coordinates with your saree.
Just like an idea before this, here is one where the tassel hangs from two silver beads that are joined together. Most suited for sarees that have silver thread work and in paler shades of pinks, mauves, blues and grays.
As you can see in the pictures below , apart from the jaal or lattice work created from the lighter coloured thread, the tassles itself are in two coorodinated shades. This is an old kuchu pattern that can be created in a more intricate jaal as in the next one where two layers of tiers have ben created. The interesting change has been the usage of two colours for the jaal. I wopuld recoomend this for any saree that has hevay thread work, as it is solely dependeint of resham. You may add pearl beads in case you feel the colurs of the saree would go well with it.
I would make this my pick for all those who like soft pearly glow, that would go marvelously well with slightly dull colored sarees that are in pistachio greens, beiges, whites and all kinds of less flashy colours. The gorgeous bead makes for an instant draw of attention while the glow it lends to the sarees edge is breathtaking. It would look as stunning on a satin silk, as it would on any plain silk saree. Rich and fascinating in its form and design, this is a kuchu pattern if pearls are your kind of thing.
So go for any one of these fabulous kuchu designs for your silk saree, and get that edge to make a lot of heads turn!
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