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Indian Crafts >> Maheshwari Saree
Maheshwari Saree
Indian Crafts - Maheshwari Saree
History of Maheshwari Saree

Madhya Pradesh is famous for its delicate weaves in chanderi and Maheshwari sarees. The maheshwari saree has an unusual origin for it is traced to a benevolent queen who once ruled over that territory and designed the first saree.
Fine Art
The maheshwari saree, mostly in cotton and silk, is characterised by its simplicity. The body is plain or has stripes or checks. The plain ones are known as chandrakala( midnight blue )and baingani chandrakala, which is woven with a blackish violet warp and a chocolate weft. Chandratara, the moon and star design, has lengthwise stripes of two shades and the pattern is arranged with four stripes of one shade attainted by one stripe of another shade. The reversible border of the saree which can be worn either side, is a specialty. The karnphool pattern is quite popular,it has a variety of leaves and flowers on the border. The palla of Maheshwari saree is also distinctive with five stripes, three coloured and two white alternating Now-a-days these sarees are made in natural and artificial silk as well. The chanderi cotton sarees are ideal summer wear. The sarees generally have a rich gold border and two gold bands on the pallu. The more expensive sarees have gold chicks with lotus roundels all over, known as butis.
Procedure
The artisans make the cotton thread by high reeling and weave cloth. The method of dying is practiced by making vegetable dyes from the locally available plants mainly of katha colour. The border of the saris and motifs are woven with the colourful thread which are dyed by the local method. The clothes are quite durable and the motifs are quite peculiar.
Resources
Basic Material : Silk as warp, cotton as weft,throat 20 to 40 counts
Colouring Material : Vegetable dyes
Artifacts
Chanderi saree, Maheshwari saree

Indian Crafts : History of Maheshwari Saree