Visitors to the curated exhibition of around 100 sarees included top fashion and costume designers, some from the tinsel world. Amritha an acclaimed fashion designer who’s also part of Kamal Haasan’s clothing line says “These Kancheepuram silk sarees are priceless. Look at the borders and detailing. Old is gold literally”. Kalyani Pramod, another Designer said “While wearing saree is on the decline, only efforts like this will preserve Kancheepuram’s silk heritage. Those days weavers themselves were designers. Now its designers who impose”.
While silk sarees made by powerlooms hit Kancheepuram silk weavers hard, a large collection of old Kancheepuram silk sarees were also sold over the years for the gold in them.