Master weavers utilise pure mulberry silk to weave each of these beautiful silks in kanjivaram silk saree. The yarns are then sun-dried after being soaked in rice water. The yarn thickens and stiffens as a result of this process, giving it added strength and texture. The thread is next interlaced with a thin silver wire/zari yarn, which is subsequently followed by a gold thread or zari, and the process continues. The fabric used in the cotton silk saree is exceptionally durable and sturdy, especially when metallic yarn is utilised in large quantities. However, this can make the saree rather heavy – and expensive – especially when genuine silver, gold (yep, that's still done), or gold plated copper strands are employed!