A recent conversation with my cousins revoked all the memories of our Paatis and aunts shopping for Sarees. Unlike this generation who does online shopping or go to a street lined up with stores, they use to call upon our family weaver/Saree supplier during their siesta time. Everyone in the family would have been informed and then the neighbors. Well, it was their version of a Kitty Party.
All those wonderful Dharmavaram, Gadwal and Kanchi sarees. Those designs with vibrant and contrasting borders are still etched into my heart. Korvai borders, Dodda Border, Chikka Border, Pure Zari , Sico sarees and a lot more phrases use to pop up in the conversation.However, there was one phrase which made me giggle a lot as a kid and that was the “Retta Pettu Border”.
For those of you who don’t know what a Retta Pettu means, even you may pop a smile and they are nothing but those beautiful double border Kanchivaram sarees . I wish I could share with you what a ‘Retta Pettu’ actually means, however I tried to look up and I couldn’t fetch any of that. However I am sure I bought some amazing designs of Retta Pettu border sarees for an eye feast.
I hardly see those sarees anymore. They only pop once a while and are almost like a rare species which is about to extinct.
So if you are someone who are a fanatic of Kanchupuram sarees like I am, you better get your hands one as soon as you can.
If you can’t recall the last time you saw one such Saree, Let me remind of this still of Keerthy suresh from ‘Mahanati’. What you see here is the basic version of a Rettu Pettu Border. Wasn’t that Saree a classic?
The Rudraksha borders seem to be a norm for these Retta pettu border sarees. However, you may also find elephants and checkered zari patterns along the borders.
While plain Saree with a double border is timeless. The checkered body pattern peps up the game like no other. Want more proof? Then check these amazing sarees here.
So next time you find a saree like this, make sure to make it an addition to your wardrobe.