Kura Podavai





'Koora Pudavai' which is the bride’s saree to be worn when the bridegroom ties the knot. The saree is usually in maroon in color and is 9 yards length; (maroon with gold border in those days; nowadays you get a variety of reds and some green shades are also allowed.) It’s worn in a way which is special by south Indian Brahmin women called the 'Madisaaru'.

Probably ‘Kura Podavai ‘got its name from kora-naattu-p-pudavai, obtained from a place called kora-naadu known for expert weavers.


Kora Nadu probably represents a place in Coimbatore District
Coimbatore in South India is fondly called the Manchester of India, thanks to the superior variety of cotton grown and spun here on handlooms as well as power looms.
Nowadays very good Koora Podavai are available from Kancheepuram Weavers too.

Initially only cotton was woven and worn during marriages, a practice
that still continues with other South Indian communities, such as
Malayalis, Telugus and Kannadigas. Most communities in Tamilnadu
still wear cotton saree only as muhoortha-p-pudavai.

Only Brahmans have changed to pattu-p-pudavai. Perhaps the result of new found riches and status while working under the British. Writer "kalki's" old social novels bring out this desire for flaunting affluence.
.

Another question is about how madisaar came into vogue and the
taatparyam of methods of wearing it. This is similar to the taatparyam
of pancha kachcham - the specific number of folds and prana-apana
sandhi naabhi. Madisaar seems to be the reverse of the prana-apana
sandhi and is about kundalalini

http://www.ibiblio.org/sripedia/rama.../msg00056.html

http://www.ibiblio.org/sripedia/oppi.../msg00121.html
http://www.sareez.com/blog/knowledge-base/cotton-sarees

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