Kasaragod Saree Weaving Center
Discovering the unique Kasaragod Saree is an experience that cannot be missed while visiting the picturesque district of Kasaragod in Kerala. The exclusive hand-woven sarees are the pride of the region and have been awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag. Despite the tradition of 75 years, the Kasaragod Saree is struggling to keep the art alive due to a shortage of skilled staff. However, visitors can still witness the traditional process of cotton spinning, dyeing, and weaving at the Kasaragod weaving cooperative society. Guided tours offered by TripMalabar provide an opportunity to interact with the weavers and be a part of the effort to revive this dying art.
Apart from its rich weaving heritage, Kasaragod is also known for its natural beauty. The district is located in the northern part of Kerala, nestled between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. It boasts of shrines, forts, hillocks, rivers, and beaches that make it a haven for nature lovers. The Kasaragod Saree, made from natural fibers like cotton and edged with golden zari, is a unique addition to the district's cultural heritage.
The art of weaving is not just a profession but also a family tradition for many weavers in Kasaragod. The Kasaragod Weavers Society has taken the initiative to train people from Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe communities, offering them a monthly stipend during their training period. The master craftsmen, who are the old weavers, still come to the society to weave and preserve the art. While the piece rates or the meter woven may not be lucrative, they continue to use their skills to create these beautiful sarees.
A trip to Kasaragod is not complete without experiencing the traditional and exclusive Kasaragod Saree. With its vibrant colors, intricate designs, and unique history, it is an enchanting addition to the cultural and natural riches of Kasaragod.