The quintessential saree has remained one of the most favourite canvasses for Indian weavers. Craftsmen from all over the country have found an unadulterated freedom of expression in this nine yards of fabric, and perhaps this is why India is home to some of the finest handloom fabric traditions since time immemorial. One such beautiful weave, the Maheshwari saree, comes from Maheshwar, a city in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh. With its rich history, the town falls right in line with its famed Maheshwari fabric.
There are five popular forms of this lovely weave, namely, Chandrakala, Baingani Chandrakala, Chandratara, Beli and Parbi. While the Chandrakala and Baingani Chandrakala are plain sarees, Chandratara, Beli and Parbi are characterised by stripes or checks.
Maheshwari sarees are mostly woven in cotton and silk.
These sarees are characterised by a narrow coloured border embellished with zari, and small checks, narrow stripes, or solid colour in the body.
The speciality of Maheshwari sarees is its reversible border, also known as bugdi, which can be worn on both sides.
It’s best not to wash your Maheshwari saree in detergent for the first wash. Use a mild detergent after two or three plain washes, and do not keep the saree soaked in detergent for long. Iron at low or medium heat.
So, right before the season sets in, grab yourself a few gorgeous Maheshwari sarees.
Saree length: 6.4/6.5 mtrs each
Note: The colour may bleed due to natural dyeing process. The actual colour of the saree may vary from the image due to photography. Exchange of the saree is not encouraged for these reasons.
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