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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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Tant Sarees from West Bengal India (also popularly known as Bengali Cotton Sarees) ↗
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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.

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.

Ilkal Cotton and Silk Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Contemporary Ilkal sarees goes on a delightful weaves!
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.

Elephant Motif ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The Royal march floating in textiles, Sarees are my passion
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.

What sarees to wear to rock on festive look in 2019 ↗
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Sarees are one of the most respected outfits and could be worn at many appearances. Best part about saree is that they never go out of style and look decent all times. When we talk about different fabrics of saris available in India then the list could be just countless. Best part of sari is that will make you look cultural also at contemporary at same times. Here are few things to remember if you are shopping saree and wearing it for the first time. Some of varied tips and types in fabrics of saris are as follows ...

Kalamkari Applique Artwork from India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Kalamkari Applique work: A story or a theme is being narrated in the form of patch art called Applique. Applique art dates back centuries ago, Applique work is one of the oldest forms of design in the world and still are used across the globe. Applique is a art decorating one fabric to other which includes Layering, patching, applying. What I noticed is that, they use straight stitch or running stitch, these two are very commonly used stitches practiced while attaching Applique patches on a base fabric.

Begampuri Cotton Sarees from West Bengal India ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The irresistible Handloom saree, that drapes like a dream
Indian textiles are rich in artifacts, Begampur is a small town in Hooghly district in West Bengal, the sarees woven here carries deep and bright colours. The economy of this place depends on textiles and also famous for dhotis. What reminds everyone when you say Bengal is handwoven cotton sarees and is the center for fine cotton weaving and these Begampuri cotton sarees are known for loosely woven light-weight and translucent and are extremely comfortable to drape. These cotton beauties would take one to two days to weave which are very simple ones and more intricate designs could even take five to six days to complete, although the saree fabric named after the city, the subtle madness look after wearing them is absolutely sophisticated.

Sambalpuri Ikkat Silk Saree - VLOG ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Its been a very long time and I'm back with my notes on traditional classic weave from Odissa which is Sambalpuri Ikkat silk saree, this saree is a bit heavy and all the traditional elements like Rudraksha, fish motifs and many more you can see, check out my latest update and experience the glory of this beauty!

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.

Khadi cotton Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The Khadi, revamping the versatile fabric, Sarees are my passion
If we have the khadi spirit in us, then we would surround ourselves with simplicity in every walk of life - by Mahatma Gandhi
Khadi is also known as khaddar, it is Handwoven natural fiber cloth, this cloth is usually woven from cotton and may also include wool, silk, which are all spun into yarn on a spinning wheel called charkha. This fine spun khadi is known for softness, when one starts to wear this saree definitely will be hooked on this fabric, no matter its summer or spring, Khadi is not only used as fashion statement these days but are often seen as markers of particular communities, groups and towns.


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Elephant Motif ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The Royal march floating in textiles, Sarees are my passion
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.

Toda Embroidery or Pukhoor ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Simplicity lies the beauty- Toda Embroidery, Sarees are my passion
Tamil Nadu, the famous Mulberry silk called Kanchipuram Silks apart from this one can see magnificent craft called Toda embroidery, which is locally called as Pukhoor. This beautiful embroidery looks very refined as if it is done in a machine but done by beautiful hands, the hues such as charcoal black and pomegranate red with white canvas, what a blend of shades with impressive thread art, its mind-blowing!

Chettinad Cotton Sarees (Kandaangi Sarees) ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Land of vibrant colors, handcrafted tiles, majestic architectural mansions, being a food and saree lover nothing is less while I walk you through the journey of ultimate heaven of sarees and foods!
Karaikudi is known as the capital of Chettinad, Chettinad in southern Tamil Nadu is a region of the Sivaganga district that is known for weaving the Chettinad sarees. The people here are very friendly and invite people with a warm smile, the language of communication here is Tamil. Chettinad is the home of the Nattukottai Chettiars(Nagarathar), this community faithfully follow traditions. The major communities involved in weaving Chettinad cotton sarees are Devanga Chettiyars, who are the skilled weavers from ancient days.

Ethnic Indian Sarees Art ↗
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Ethnic Indian Saree Motifs ↗
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Sponsors - Sarees are my passion ↗
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Over the years my passion, enthusiasm and dedication towards research became more prominent, addiction and thirst to learn new, which became everyday routine. I recall the cherished memories when I was seven, passion towards art and fabrics caught my attention, my mind was frittering what to do next once I pursue my University education. Later quitting a conventional job and taking plunge to dive towards soul's eternal journey and being laid back and do what you love isn't it interesting? That is how Sarees are my passion is born.

Molakalmuru Cotton and Silk Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021

Ancestral Molakalmuru with a modern twist!


Molakalmuru is a village panchayat town in Chitradurga district,Karnataka state, India. Molakalmuru is best known for its hand-woven silk sarees of exquisite design and craftsmanship It is said Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV (Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar) during his visit to the place in 1914, he appreciated the finesse of these sarees. Molakalmuru sarees are available in silk and cotton. It has been granted geographical Indication tag, which add a extra credit to these sarees. The beautiful floral designs and the rich pallu make these sarees attractive and gorgeous. The long border sarees have a contrast border and the traditional touch is their specialty. The weaving is done mainly on pit looms with either fly shuttle or throw shuttle technique.

Sambalpuri cotton sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
The oldest and largest city in Odisha is Sambalpur, it lies on the bank of Mahanadi river. Sambalpuri sarees are woven on a handloom, these sarees have awarded Geographical Indications(GI) tag as 'Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics'. The official language of this place is sambalpuri, the localites of this place is called as Sambalpuriya. Sambalpuri sarees are produced in the Sonepur, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Balangir district, Boudh District of Odisha. The hands behind these traditional masterpieces sarees are Bhulia weaving community and to weave one Sambalpuri saree it may take around three days to a fortnight.

Hubli Cotton Sarees ↗
Saturday' 13-Mar-2021
Plain weaves for lazy Summer afternoons
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.

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.