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.
- 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
Aroma of freshly brewed coffee at home is an inspiration for me in the morning, twenty nine years back, I recalled, my dad saying I bought this 'Wet grinder' from business trip on a way, to my mother and now I'm gone grey, recollecting the past hailing from business backdrop, traveling passionates me and my dad! Generally considered as traditional city, very fine cotton mills are here, well a typical saree made in Coimbatore region is called as 'Kovai Cora cotton' or 'Kovai Kora cotton' sarees. Due to extreme summers and humid climatic here, always one cannot think of wearing heavy silk or just cottons, this led to innovation of 'Coimbatore sico sarees' here. Seamless saree are a best choice of fashion garment, no matter what occasion you are in.
In India, Elephants motifs are richly used in Indian textiles Industry, Elephants were used by kings during wars in India. It is considered as auspicious animal and called by varies names such as Yanai, Hathi, Āne and so on. Elephant symbolizes royalty, prosperity, fertility, strength and wisdom. Our traditional motifs are deeply influenced by religious belief, culture, religious beliefs, environment, architecture, history, day to day activities which are carried out in life and so on and thus motifs represent over poetic expressions, and devotional characters, which can be interpretation of expression as well in the form of motifs.
Apart from magnificent Kanchipuram silk sarees and Kanchi Cotton Sarees, I had no idea what are all the varies types of sarees which are from Tamil Nadu to be frank, although I am a huge enthusiast of Handwoven traditional sarees.
The most down to earth yet vibrant colors are seen in traditional attire of Ilkal, Ilkal is a small town, this town is located in the South-East part of Bagalkote district, Karnataka state, India. This place is very hot during the summers but has a pleasant weather during the winters. The language of communication here is Kannada. Ilkal was an ancient weaving centre and known for renowned handloom sarees. The main source of income comes from the 'Red granite' which is exported all around the world, while Ilkal sarees are secondary source of income for the people residing over there since generations. The availability of local raw materials helped in the growth of this saree.
Florals are back again this season when fashion consultants start a trend to get back all the blossom floral prints time again new fashion vibes to take off...Here is a fresh light weight floral printed silk saree, which is featherweight, easy to drape and which does not go out of fashion!
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.
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).
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.
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.
Touch of ancient beauty, a small town were colorful artists are born, in Madhubani district in the Indian state of Bihar, Madhubani. The word 'Madhuban' means 'forest of honey' from which Madhubani is derived. Madhubani art is also known by the name 'Mithila art', Madhubani painting/Mithila painting was traditionally created by the women of the Brahman, Dusadh and Kayastha communities in Mithila region in India and it is named after Madhubani district of Bihar which is where it originated, this painting as a form of wall art was practiced widely throughout the region. Madhubani painting being accorded the coveted GI(Geographical Indication) status.
The art of weaving Paithani flourished during the 'Satvahana era' in the 200 B.C. The name Paithani is derived from small town Paithan is situated on the banks of the river Godavari located in Central India, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra state, India. The Nizam of Hyderabad was also an ardent admirer of Paithani sarees, the Peshwas took it upon themselves to promote the craft, and consequently, settled Paithani weavers in Yeola, which is now the manufacturing hub for Paithani. The Paithani saree is traditionally a part of the trousseau of every Maharashtrian bride. People here speak Marathi language and they lead simple life. There are many communities involved in weaving these beautiful sarees namely Khatri, Koshti, Swakula Sali are few known communities.
One of the most traditional sarees which I had seen apart from Ilkal saree is Hubli cotton sarees, due extreme humidity generally localities adore this saree for daily bases. This is one of the simple weaves but I totally in love with this saree, the texture of the saree is so soft due to the high count of cotton yarn used.
I always fall in love with natural fibre products one among them is Jute, it is one of the most affordable natural fibres and also called as golden fibre. Jute is one of the versatile fibres, that has been used in raw materials for construction, packaging, textiles, non-textile and extensively used for sacking for agriculture goods. Here is a list of top countries who are producing Jute are India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Brazil and People's Republic of China. There is a great demand for these sarees across the globe and these exquisite sarees are hand-crafted and there might be slight irregularities in weaving which enhances the fabric uniqueness and appeal.
I was listening to Keith Urban-Little Bit Of Everything. How pleasant it is ha? I want little bit gold, earthy cotton and lavish silk of everything, flashed me glorious Gadwal saree, which has little bit of everything! Gadwal a place known for harmonious coexistence of the cultures, situated between the rivers 'Tungabhadra' and 'Krishna' of Mahbubnagar district, Telangana state, India.
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.