Thirubuvanam town in Tamil Nadu has been a traditional place of silk rearing and weaving and this custom continues till today. Woven using silk warp and weft the Thirubuvanam silk sarees are known for their lustrous patina and high quality. The intricately designed borders and pallu/end piece usually have motifs inspired by nature, flora and fauna and the surrounding architectural features on them. These motifs include naturalistic depictions of flowers, leaves and fruits; temples and temple spires; mayilkan or renderings of a peacock’s eye to rudraksham or the beads of a Rudraksha tree to other traditional motif designs. The borders are wide and often embellished with zari/metallic threads for an additional shimmer. Apart from saris the weavers of Thirubuvanam silk weave pattu langas for women and children.
Silk yarn is made available through the government agencies and the weavers of the Thribuvanam silk saris are highly skilled. Saris are woven, with a special box fixed above the loom, in natural floral and animal designs