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TALES 》 Chanderi Sarees from Madhya Pradesh India

Exotic fragrance of Jasmine and my luxurious Chanderi

Chanderi town is a highly renowned for its rich heritage, surrounded by hills southwest of the Betwa River in Ashoknagar district, Madhya Pradesh state, India Well known for the handwoven traditional sarees, these are mostly popular for the elite class and favorable choice of Queens in India as they are a bit expensive and one can see major center of Jain culture. Artisan community involved in the production of "Chanderi silk", a diverse mix of various communities namely Kohlis and the Muslim Julaha community. Traditional weaving culture was available during 13th century, Initially, the weavers were Muslims, later in 1350 the Koshti weavers from Jhansi migrated to Chanderi and settled here, during the Mughal period, Chanderi fabric business been recognize and started booming. The production of Chanderi has been protected by India as a Geographic Indication (GI). Official Languages of Chanderi is Hindi and Bundelkhandi. The main occupation of the people of Chanderi is handicraft.

Chanderi fabric is available in three mediums namely:

  • Pure Chanderi silk
  • Chanderi cotton
  • Chanderi silk cotton

The versatility of Chanderi fabric is infinity, adopting to new innovations is a key to any rapidly growing business, agony of weavers in passed years, the weavers have do themselves all-in-one work, from dyeing to marketing, later years Government started co-operative societies and they appointed fashion technology students, to design as per the latest trends, to provide the weavers particular trend knowledge based on season, current trends, fashionable wear as per the market and now it's all histroy.

Chanderi sarees are well illustrious for gold and silver zari. About the loom, Now a days they use Fly-shuttle looms are used and they are operated by a single weaver. Depending on the complexity of the design, it may take 3 to 7 days to weave one masterpiece Chanderi saree. Mind blowing colors such as cat black, royal blue, parrot Green, burnt orange, pure white, cherry red, striking summer yellow and neon yellow, pista green, deep maroon, silver grey, sky blue and soft pastel colors such as white, beige, tan or goldw hich goes crazy for any saree lover. Stunning Chanderi is on board for high runway fashion these days, never the less latest wear of pop-up bright colors that are perfect blend of elegance, combination of shades which goes mad on heals such as neon green with magenta, charcoal grey with deep royal blue, bright orange with rose pink, Turquoise-red with sky blue, dark blue with mustard color, rani pink plain saree with little tulip motifs, all these color palette looks extremely stunning!

What I really think before shopping a saree is it 'Easy to drape'? So Chanderi is my loved saree, its very comfortable and easy to drape. Motifs used in Chanderi saris are more intricate.Pallu(falling edge of the saree) is decorated heavily with gold or silver zari the motifs which are beautifully depicted namely peacock wings, gold Lotus motif, traditional coin motifs, diamond motif, oval zari motifs and Paisley motif which are commonly seen. Chanderi silk cotton sarees display various beautifully striking motifs that are gold coins(asharfi buti), Swans(hamsa), leaves, raw mango, Meena Buti, Kalgi, Ghoongra, Khajura, dunaliya, Iknaliya Buti, Iknaliya Buti, chevron, peacock , Popat Kunjar(parrot motifs), lotus motif(kamal), Jasmine motif, elephant, Muthada(geometrical shape), akhrot bhat(walnut motifs), diamond Bhat, pan bhaat(leaf design), Chokdi Bhat(Chok means courtyard square) endless!

Most popular borders of Chanderi are:

  • Ganga Jamani(two different colour borders) in the same saree.
  • Adda border which consists of a highly intricate design
  • Plain zari Patela border
  • Chanderi Nakshi border, except for the outline of the border pattern which is done with a different coloured thread
  • Piping border has one colour interspersed with thin strips of another colour

I am very passionate to see varies products in Chanderi fabric from the local market, here you go, the list begins gorgeous Chanderi sarees, stoles, salwar kameez(Indian dress) Indo-western dresses, tunics, tops, blouse pieces and their is no end!

How to identify authentic Chanderi saree:

  • The saree is glossy transparency and light weight, thin and soft
  • The fabric sheer texture is neither coarse or soft, delicate texture
  • Chanderi saree specialty of this fabric is which has a shimmering texture.

Fabric care:

  • Good to give for dry wash.
  • Mild detergent for washing at home, soak for about few minutes and instantly wash it
  • Chanderi saree or fabric, once wash cycle is done, dry the fabric in shade
  • No to direct sunrise, to protect fabrics from UV radiation


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Srikalahasti Art from India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Magic of Srikalahasti artist, Srikalahasti style
Here is yet another Srikalahasti style kalamkari saree from my closet depicting various avataras(descent) of Lord Vishnu such as Matsya, Kurma, Varaha, Vamana, Narasimha, etc. If you love art or a connoisseur or statement piece collector than you should grab one of these in your Timeless collections and one can wear these colorful handcrafted Srikalahasti style kalamkari sarees for board meetings, art festivals, raas(dandiya Raas), temples, etc.

Tant Sarees from West Bengal India (also popularly known as Bengali Cotton Sarees) ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Traditional flawlessness crispy weaves to flaunt
What reminds everyone when I says Bengali is mouth watering and luscious dessert 'Rasgulla' and 'Mishti doi' to name the most popular ones in the list and of course Bengali cotton sarees. The medium of communication here is Bengali. The traditional attire of Bengali women is simple forms of these Tant sarees takes around two days to weave and more intricate designs could even take five to six days to complete a saree. Generally Tant saree comes in pastel shades with beautiful thick borders.

Phulkari Embroidery ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Fascinating art- Phulkari embroidery, Sarees are my passion
Embroidery being a needle craft, with colorful yarns to make varies design and patterns and to enhance the beauty fabric, this beautiful ancient handmade embroidery called Phulkari, is from Punjab, which is regarded as very auspicious for brides during marriage ceremonies and newborns.

Dhakai Jamdani, Dhakai from West Bengal India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Delicate devotion and passion, lies sophisticated threads
Jamdani is one of the finest muslin textiles of Bengal, produced in Dhaka District, Bangladesh for centuries. Jamdani originally known as 'Dhakai' named after the city of Dhaka, is called by varies names such as popularly known as Dhakai Jamdani or simply Dhakai. The word ‘jamdani’ is believed to be of Persian origin, 'Jam', meaning flower and 'Dani' meaning vase or a container, named after decorative floral patterns which discovered from Dhakai textile. This unique hand technique of weaving was called jamdani in the old days, while the weave was called Dhakai, these sarees are traditionally woven around on the brocade loom. These beautiful intricate weaves are available in mediums such as cotton and silk. One of the most expensive product of Dhaka looms, Jamdani requires the most dedicated and passionate weaver and during olden days only royal families were able to afford such luxuries.

Massive fan following for KSIC Mysore Silk Saree ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
A gamechanger I can say, this traditional attire which is still one of the most expensive sarees which is ruling the state. Century plus old and still rules the parties and auspicious festivities beyond it, a crazy fan base, are you curious to know what's the secret behind this Massive fan following, unlock the hidden truth by watching this video.

How to identify a genuine Mysore Silk Saree ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
How to identify a genuine Mysore Silk Saree
Flooded with an unlimited supply of so-called duplicate, replicated and imitation Mysore silk sarees in the local wholesale market saying it is a pure Mysore silk saree, how far it is true? let us just imagine a current per gram gold price is said three thousand and above, so in original Mysore silk saree, they use extensively use gold and silver zari, how can you get a Mysore silk saree worth less than a ten thousand(INR)? This is a logically based question that many fail to think before you invest and spend your hard earned money on fake silk sarees.

Madurai Sungudi sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Blessed Sungadi cotton sarees by Madurai Meenakshi
On the banks of charming 'Vaigai river' the beautiful Madurai city is localled, the district, in Tamil Nadu state, India, this place is referred and called by various names 'Madurai', 'Koodal', 'Malligai Maanagar', 'Naanmadakoodal' and 'Thirualavai'. During 16th century due to economic crisis weavers from 'Saurashtra' and 'Gujarat' migrated to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states and some of them settled down in inviting 'Madurai'. These 'Saurashtrians' are highly skilled manufacturers of beautifully crafted fine silk garments and were patronized by Kings and their families, they were called by 'Patnulkarans' the Tamil name by which these people is well known in southern India.

Mysore Silk Sarees from Government of Karnataka India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Melting Mysore pak to butter-soft Mysore silks by Sarees are my passion
It is called as City of Palaces, the cultural capital of Karnataka, heritage palaces, magnificent buildings, art galleries, and monuments. Mysore has lent its name from renowned dishes like Mysore Masala Dosa which leaves me craving for melting dessert called Mysore Pak(sweet-dessert). Mysore, the original name of this city was 'Mahishapura' which is derived from the demon named Mahishasura. Mysore officially renamed as Mysuru is one of the districts in Karnataka state.

Banahatti Cotton Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The most simplistic and minimalist hidden weaves from Karnataka is Banahatti Cotton Saree. I just loved the texture of the fabric, it's like linen saree? I don't know what more can I say about this saree. Well it is more deserved to seen in my Youtube video, do check it out !

Dharmavaram Silk Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Lavish Saree of Bride, mulberry silk Dharmavaram
A beautiful city in Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh state, India known for its renowned cotton, splendorous silk weaving industries and leather puppets, Dharmavaram. According to the history notes, name of the city Dharmavaram ,has been named after 'Dharmamba', who was the mother of Sri Kriyasakthi Odeyar (person, who built the first tank in the region). The economy of the town is dependent on the weaving industry. Natives of this place speak Telugu(regional language). Dharmavaram sarees is been registered as one of the geographical indication from Andhra Pradesh.


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Niche Korvai Kanchipuram Pattu Saree ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Two main reasons why people go to Kanchipuram is firstly to Kanchi Kamakshi Amman temple to take blessings from her, which is the most important shakti peetha temples in India and secondly to SHOP SHOP and SHOP again for all the stunning bride, for a BIG fat Indian wedding. Kanchivaram is a traditional silk saree from south India and each and every house would have endless collections of these pattu sarees. Basically, pattu means in regional Tamil language silk. Korvai is one of the complex technique used to weave Kanchipuram silk sarees, not all sarees which are woven in Kanchipuram are Korvai.

Baluchari Sarees from West Bengal India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Invoking the magic of spectacular, Baluchari sarees
This beautiful garment is worn by women across India and Bangladesh. The origin of these sarees and roots dates back in Bengal, later produced in Murshidabad, but currently 'Bishnupur' town of 'Bankura district' and its surrounding places of West Bengal. Baluchar town from where it derives its name as Baluchari sarees. This marvelous place is famous for its exquisite terracotta temples and Malla Shree Krishna Raslilla. Beautifully made 'terracotta craft' is well known in this place. People here predominantly speak Bengali.

Kanchipuram Silk Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
My Trousseau, Kanchipuram silk Saree
Kanchipuram is also known as Kanchi/Kachiped/Kancheepuram. Kanchipuram is a district in the northeast of the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Kanchipuram nickname is called as The City of Thousand Temples and served as the capital city of the Pallava Kingdom.
The south Indian women are not complete without a lustrous Kanchipuram saree. With bright contrasting borders. During occasions such as Diwali (or Deepavali), Pongal, weddings and festivals, only Upper-caste families used to purchase of many silk saris. Current trends on Kanchipuram sarees, silver is being used in addition to gold. The famous 'Kamakshi Amman Temple' is a must if you are visiting Kanchipuram place the deity here is Parvati.

Bangalore Handloom Silk Saree by Sarees are my passion ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Forgotten bespoke weaves from Bangalore city
In Indian textiles, the heirloom weaves were much given influential value, the deep understanding was to appreciate inherent skill which was passed several generations.
Here is a sample of a traditional Handloom Bangalore silk saree which adds the loop for its artistically woven checks, fine mulberry silk which is a featherweight. Royal purple with a blend of Manjal shot adds the traditional lookbook, the aged designs and motifs are been inspired from nature and from ancient temples Hindu architecture. Experience this magnificent saree.

Ilkal Silk Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Decoding the traditional handloom of Ilkal
Remote corner in the state of south India is famous for its traditional handloom attire called Ilkal silk sarees and Ilkal cotton sarees, named after after the town Ilkal, in Bagalkot district of Karnataka state, these traditional handwoven sarees are GI protected craft of India. Ilkal is famous for red granite stone and traditional Ilkal sarees. Localites out here are very friendly and they speak Kannada(regional language of the state), one of the main source income of this place is weaving these handwoven evergreen classic sarees. If one happens to peep around in this place, almost all house are engaged in weaving these sarees, their is no discrimination done, both men and woven are engaged in weaving to make their livelihood. Major centres of weaving is from villages of Ilkal, Kolhar, Kamatgi and Nidagundi at the Bijapur district and many of them have their own loom at home.

Muga Silk Sarees from Assam, India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The rich heritage, Prestigious and ageless silk, the Muga
Located on the banks of mighty river Brahmaputra, from few years back Sualkuchi Handloom industry is center for weaving and labor intensive industry for weaving and encompasses cotton textile, silk textile and Khadi fabrics as well and known as the Manchester of the East, Kamrup district of Assam. Sualkuchi is heavenly kingdom for weaving and the looms are found in almost very home in the villages of Assam and depending on the design, patterns and complexity it would take around six or more days to weave one beautiful masterpiece saree. The economy of this place is mainly dependent of handlooms, not only Tanti community of Tantipara are weaving this craft but also other communities like Garo community of Assam, fishermen and Brahmin communities also are engaged in weaving, the official languages are Assamese, Bodo and Bengali and renowned for Assam tea and Assam silk.

Bandhani Sarees or Bandhej Sarees from Gujarat India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Meticulously tying the bonds of colorful junction
Bandhani is derived from Sanskrit word, bandh known as to-tie and patterns, colours are limitless. Wondering what are the varies names to Bandhani? called and known by varies names such as Bandhej, Piliya, Ghar Chola, Patori, Bandhni and in Tamil Nadu its known as Sungudi. Khatri of Kutch and Saurashtra community involved in making this colorful art since ages. Places in Rajasthan like Jaipur, Sikar, Bhilwara, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Tamil Nadu and Jamnagar in Gujarat are the well known centers producing odhnis, sarees and turbans in Bandhani.

Venkatagiri Cotton and Silk Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Venkatagiri sarees or Rajamatha sarees.
Venkatagiri is a small town situated in Nellore district, Andhra pradesh state, India. History of venkatagiri sarees dates back to 1700s, during the rule of Venkatagiri, the masterweaver handcrafted these sarees, specially curated for queens, royal ladies and zamindaris. These sarees were purchased for such handsome amounts that the weavers could survive with that sum of money for almost a year until they got their next order. Exclusive designs were made by the weavers on special order for the upper class only. Much of a boost and encouragement given to these sarees, by the Velugoti dynasty of Nellore and also by the Bobbili and Pithapuram dynasties, back then.

Traditional Molakalmuru Saree from Karnataka by Sarees are my passion ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Roots of Karnataka 'Molakalmuru', Connecting Old is Gold
Living in the world of fast-moving fashion, where designer Ruffle Sarees takes a runway show stopper pace, I see the 'contrast' the traditional and the modern world. In India, especially when you focus on South India, Karnataka when we take a slice of the pie, the elder generation(mothers or grandmothers) still wear evergreen beauties like Ilkal, Udupi, Banhatti cotton sarees on a day to day bases, depending on the cultural belief system and comfort zone.

Madurai Sungudi sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Blessed Sungadi cotton sarees by Madurai Meenakshi
On the banks of charming 'Vaigai river' the beautiful Madurai city is localled, the district, in Tamil Nadu state, India, this place is referred and called by various names 'Madurai', 'Koodal', 'Malligai Maanagar', 'Naanmadakoodal' and 'Thirualavai'. During 16th century due to economic crisis weavers from 'Saurashtra' and 'Gujarat' migrated to Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and neighbouring states and some of them settled down in inviting 'Madurai'. These 'Saurashtrians' are highly skilled manufacturers of beautifully crafted fine silk garments and were patronized by Kings and their families, they were called by 'Patnulkarans' the Tamil name by which these people is well known in southern India.