About Us

Founded in 1924 by Sri Rm.K.Visvanatha Pillai, RmKV today is reputed for its wedding silks, unique silk sarees, as well as family apparel, with large showrooms in Chennai, Tirunelveli, Coimbatore and Bengaluru. With 97 years' experience in silk, we are identified with quality products, design innovations and new techniques in handloom silk weaving which have won us two National Awards. Today RmKV's vision is taken forward by Sri. Rm. K. Sivakumar, following in the illustrious foot-steps of his father Sri.V.Kumaraswamy and his brother Sri.K.Viswanathan.

The RmKV Design Studio has created numerous unique silk sarees to date, the most notable being Theme sarees such a s Chinnanchiru Kiliye, Durbar Krishna, Aishwarya Pookkal and Kural Ovium; the Grand Reversible Saree, the 50000-Colour saree, the Varnajaalam range, and the innovative Natural Silk range and Lino light-silk saree collections. Today you can custom-design your own saree in one of over 50000 colours, to be hand-woven by RmKV's team of master weavers.

RmKV also carries a wide range of fancy and embroidered sarees, salwar kameez, and a complete range of ladies, gents and children's products.

Innovations
design  
HamsaDamayanti

Drape yourself with a piece of art that has been immortalised with a legendary tale of love. Hamsa Damayanti, the classic masterpiece of celebrated artist Raja Ravi Varma, narrates the romantic tale of King Nala and Queen Damayanti with a beautiful white swan playing Cupid between them. Woven in shades of crimson and laced with gold, the saga takes you back to the mythical era of fairy tale romances. Read More

Chinnanchiru Kiliye

It is sheer poetry crafted in silk. And it makes you want to break into song and dance. Musical and magical, this Kanchipuram saree is a melody translated into a language of silk. The muse is none other than the legendary Kavi (Poet) Subramaniya Bharatiyar and his Tamil verse ChinnanChiru Kiliye, which is an emotional outpouring of love and affection. Read More

Aishwarya Pookal

Let us travel back in time and visit the magnificent abode of the kings of Travancore – the Padmanabhapuram Palace. Tucked away in a little village and surrounded by mountains, the ancient wooden palace filled with unique carvings is an ode to heritage. And now imagine yourself sashaying down the corridors of power in an elegant Kanchipuram saree with the pallu caressing the wooden sculptures... Read More

Tree of Life

Drape yourself in a world of nature wrapped in silk. There are peacocks dancing and birds singing. Exotic and colourful fruits are waiting to be plucked from myriad branches of a sacred tree. Rooted in symbolism and spirituality, The Tree of Life is a recurring theme in every faith. Almost every civilisation has its own folklore and culture depicting the Tree of Life. Read More

Kuraloviyam

Blending threads of the sacred with the classic, music and poetry, temples and chariots, literature, and art - Kuraloviyam is a painting in silk and an ode to Tamil Nadu. A tribute to the venerable Saint Thiruvalluvar and his sacred verses – the Thirukkural, it is a celebration of the Tamil language. The design takes its inspiration from The Kural and of the 1330 couplets penned in the masterpiece, Read More

108 Karnas

Every weave in this silken splendour is a celebration. Blending music and dance, art and architecture, the Kanchipuram saree pays a tribute to the oldest Indian dance form - Bharatanatyam. The Natyashastra, a treatise on Indian dance, drama and music by Sage Bharataa describes 108 Karnas which have in turn inspired the sculptures of many temples, including the majestic Nataraja temple in Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. Read More

Longest Silk Saree

Cascade down the spiral staircases. Let yards of silk mesmerise everyone, leaving a trail of silken glory behind you as you cross their path. Watch the wonder in their eyes as you walk past them. Let the world stand aside and make way as you step forward, draped in the longest saree, measuring 702 feet or 214 metres. The wonder that is silk is never ending as it can wrap monuments, temples and towers. Read More

2000 Butta

A new millennium calls for a celebration in silk. Buttas have always been in vogue since time immemorial and can transform a shimmering silk saree into a vibrant expression. And the special 2000 Butta Saree with its six yards of distinct, different golden buttas is a sheer tribute to the spirit of the new millennium. The designers at RmKV decided to go in a simple but classic design to welcome the new era. Read More

Shilabalika

Shilabalikas or Madanikas are celestial nymphs and they are believed to epitomize the ideal woman form. The Belur Chennakesava temple pays an ode to them as the sculptors have carved them on the walls and pillars of the temple. Every detail is carved so beautifully as they are depicted as dancers, musicians, drummers or as hunters.There are 42 of these beautiful women, with 4 of them inside the shrine and the others adorning the outer walls. Read More

Cindrella Pattu Pavadai

You don't need a magic wand to feel like a little princess. You are literally swept off your feet as a timeless fairy tale awaits you. As you drape this lovely pattu pavadai on your little girl, you step into an enchanting world filled with a quaint charm. The magic transports you into the world of Cinderella as you are lost in a spell cast by the designers at RmKV who have woven the magical fairy tale on the borders of the pavadai. Read More

Colour  
50000 Colour Silk Saree

Even the rainbow is no match for these palette of colours. The canvas here is a Kanchipuram silk saree and every individual yarn of silk is painted in myriad shades. Blink and the colour changes from hues of pinks and oranges to blues and greens, reds and purples to yellows and violets. There are 50000 rare colours and shades brightening your mood every moment. And the golden zari just enhances all the shades. Read More

Varnajaalam Silk Saree

You wonder if it's an illusion or if your eyes are playing a trick on you. Inspired by Victor Vasarely, originator of Optical Art, the designers at RmKV tease your imagination by applying optical art to a traditional silk saree. Varnajaalam is all about magic and mirages. A strikingly rich and beautiful saree, you can see a symphony of colours blinding you. The beauty of the saree is the blending of trendy motifs on a traditional Kanchipuram silk, and it is a melange of abstract art and psychedelic patterns. Read More

Varnajaalam and Ikat Varnajaalam

You wonder if it's an illusion or if your eyes are playing a trick on you. Inspired by Victor Vasarely, originator of Optical Art, the designers at RmKV tease your imagination by applying optical art to a traditional silk saree. Varnajaalam is all about magic and mirages. A strikingly rich and beautiful saree, you can see a symphony of colours blinding you. The beauty of the saree is the blending of trendy motifs on a traditional Kanchipuram silk, and it is a melange of abstract art and psychedelic patterns. Read More

Natural Saree

At RmKV we are committed to being environment friendly. As Climate Change and Global Warming are being discussed everywhere, we wanted our designs to also reflect our beliefs and ideals. The Natural Saree draws its inspiration from the heritage of the past and is a tribute to nature. The team dedicated the saree to reviving vegetable dyes that were used naturally thousands of years ago by the artists and artisans of the bygone era. Read More

Fabric  
The Grand Reversible Silk Saree

Nothing is a match for this magnum opus of a saree. Even the RmKV team of designers and weavers have surpassed themselves with this masterpiece. Consider this - One saree but four stunning pallus, four matching borders, two distinct bodies and there are dual sides to the same Kanchipuram silk. Presenting you The Grand Reversible Silk Saree. Read More

Nagasu – Embossed silk saree

One in million look and a never-before feel are two hallmarks of this first ever, patented technique of embossed design on silk that display an immaculate blend of traditional motifs and contemporary patterns.

Lino

While the team at RmKV has been working on innovative designs, there has also been a focus on creating “breath-taking” innovative steps in fabric as well. Lino is a collection of lightweight silk saris that could literally “breathe”. A patented technique in silk weaving, Lino Sarees make you feel light and airy and you can almost feel like you can fly. Lino Technology has been patented by RmKV and there have been a few versions created like Lino Blue and Lino Lite Silks. Read More

Silk Care
Wash and care instructions for your valuable silks
Some tips to take care of your silk sareers to make them last forever.
  • After buying, remove the saree from its box. Do not leave in a box or polythene bag for more than 3 days
  • Unfold your silk sarees and change the folding every three months.
  • We recommend stitching of saree fall for jacquard and tissue sarees.
Washing Instructions
  • Do not use soap for the first 3 washes. Use only plain water.
  • For sarees, wash the border, pallu and body separately in the begining. Never beat the garment.
  • For subsequent washes, use good quality detergent soap.
  • Clean quickly. Do not bundle or keep wet for a long time.
  • Always wash the saree and other garments separately.
  • Use medium iron only.
  • Use sweat pad for the blouse.
  • Do not get wet during rain.
Awards
Guinness Record – Longest Saree 2004

In 2004, RmKV created another revolution in design with the innovative and creative spirit of 16 craftsmen and designers - the World’s Longest Saree.

The Longest Saree is entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for its sheer innovation. Let yards of silk mesmerise everyone, leaving a trail of silken glory behind you. Measuring 702 feet or 214 metres and designed on the traditional loom, the wonder that is silk is never ending as it can wrap monuments, temples and towers. The length of the saree stretches beyond your imagination and is twice as long as the height of the Statue of Liberty.

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Awards
National Award 1999

Mr K Viswanathan received the National Award for his excellence in Hamsa Damayanthi Silk Saree weaving from Vice President Krishan Kant in 1999

The Hamsa Damayanti blends classical art and innovative design. The saree pays a tribute to the royal painter, Raja Varma and his immortal classic on his 150th anniversary and the centenary of the painting in 1999. It is a display of the innovative workmanship of the craftsmanship of the design team of RmKV and the talented weavers who have recreated this moment of love in silken splendour. Forty-five thousand jacquard cards and one lakh knots were used to create this magical moment alive.

Awards
National Award for the Innovation in Design for weaving and designing - 1998

Mr K Sivakumar. MD of RmKV received the National Award for the Innovation in Design for weaving and designing the elegant Aiswarya Pookkal Silk Saree from Vice President Krishan Kant.

The Aishwarpa Pookal refers to the 90 designs of flowers carved on the roof of the Padmabhapuram palace and each of these exquisite designs is unique and represents wealth and prosperity. It is not just another Kanchipuram saree but is a tribute to the sculptures of the era. A National Award Winner in the year 1998, the saree is inspired by the architectural splendour of the palace and the heritage of the Travancore kings.

Awards
Limca Book of Records 1998

It is sheer poetry crafted in silk, musical and magical, the Kanchipuram saree is a melody translated into a language of silk. The muse is none other than the legendary Kavi (Poet) Subramaniya Bharatiyar and his Tamil verse ChinnanChiru Kiliye , which is an emotional outpouring of love and affection.

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Awards
IRF - Most Admired Regional Retailer

At the India Retail Forum organised by IMAGES Group, RmKV was awarded the Most Admired Regional Retailer of the Year in 2010. The IMAGES Retail Awards were given to the prominent brands in Retail and the award was presented by S Raghunandan, Chairman SCAI and received by Kapil Jain on behalf of RmKV.

Awards
Most Admired Regional Fashion Retailer of The Year - South

RmKV also emerged as the Most Admired Regional Fashion Retailer of the Year- South. The award was presented by Amit Bagaria, Chairman and CEO Asipac and was received by S.Raghunandan CEO Prestige Retail Group on behalf of RmKV.

Awards
2011 - NDTV - Hindu Lifestyle awards - Best Bridal Sarees Award
Documentary

Indulge in some nostalgia as we take you back in time to relish some moments of our rich history. Witness the testimonials of some of our patrons proudly showcasing their loyalty to RmKV's silks and their valuable purchases as well. Retrace our path to success and discover the roots that keep us growing forever.

Weavers' Joy

RmKV has always been focused on the welfare of weavers and their new innovations have changed the very face of handloom weaving.

Traditionally a weaver used to sit on the floor and operate the loom with his legs while weaving magic with his fingers.

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Working directly with weavers from the Arni and Kanchipuram weaving clusters for several decades, RmKV has been a pioneer in the art of experimental handloom silk-weaving techniques. This has resulted in saris such as the iconic Hamsa Damayanti design depicting the eponymous painting by Raja Ravi Varma, which combines traditional Indian crafts with techniques gleaned from French tapestry weaving, and which won the brand a National Award. Mastery over cutting-edge dyeing technology also enabled RmKV to create a sari that features 50,000 distinct colours, a design that remains a firm favorite among customers.

Working directly with weavers from the Arni and Kanchipuram weaving clusters for several decades, RmKV has been a pioneer in the art of experimental handloom silk-weaving techniques. This has resulted in saris such as the iconic Hamsa Damayanti design depicting the eponymous painting by Raja Ravi Varma, which combines traditional Indian crafts with techniques gleaned from French tapestry weaving, and which won the brand a National Award. Mastery over cutting-edge dyeing technology also enabled RmKV to create a sari that features 50,000 distinct colours, a design that remains a firm favorite among customers.

Karigar

RmKV has always been dedicated to promoting arts and artisans from all over the world. An event was organized in partnership with SEWA Trade Facilitation Centre (STFC), an organization owned and managed by thousands of women artisans to promote sale of handcrafted products from entire South Asian including India (mainly Gujarat) at Forum Vijaya Mall Vadapalani , Chennai in 2014. The event was inaugurated by Smt Gita Ram, Vice Chair Person, Crafts Council of India.

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Kiddival Event

RmKV in association with Rotary has been at the forefront of encouraging and inspiring children by organising Kiddival, an event to help discover their hidden talents. Kiddival was spearheaded by the founders and patrons of RmKV - the late K. Viswanathan and late K. Pon Anand who helped them conceptualize and initiate the grand event 30 years ago.

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RMKV – Lakme Fashion Show

RmKV has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to innovations and every silk saree here is a creative expression. Tradition meets technology, culture meets contemporary. And it is little wonder that RmKV made its foray into fashion with a grand opening at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018.

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