Retta Pettu saree from Kanakavalli

Bringing in the Vintage Saree Game with ‘Retta Pettu’ sarees!!

Hello All,

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.

Rudraksha border Retta Pettu Saree
Rudraksha border Retta Pettu Saree

 

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”.

A bridal Gandaberunda and Retta Pettu border saree
A bridal Gandaberunda and Retta Pettu border saree

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.

A Parrot Green and pink Retta Pettu Border saree

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?

Keerthy suresh in a Retta Petta Saree

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.

Retta Pettu checkered saree from Kankatala
Retta Pettu checkered saree from Kankatala

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.

Retta Pettu saree from Kanakavalli
Retta Pettu saree from Kanakavalli

So next time you find a saree like this, make sure to make it an addition to your wardrobe.

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