Paithani sarees are the pride of Paithan, a town in Aurangabad, from where these sarees originate. They are rightly considered to be one of the richest sarees in India. What makes them so, is the pure gold and silver zari that is hand woven into pure silk. Paithani sarees are preferred by our most suave buyers.
What makes it the pride of Paithan?
A lady adorned in Paithani saree would look nothing less than royalty. What makes Paithani stand out from the rest is the very making of it along with its vibrant history. Paithani sarees originated in the year 200BC in Satvahana Dynasty 2000 years ago. It has survived the age of Roman trade to the era of Aurangzeb and other Mughals to the Peshwas. Today, it is one of the most popular souvenirs of Maharashtra.
The amalgamation of all cultures
Paithani sarees were imported by Ancient Romans in exchange of gold of the same weight. Various changing rulers did not affect the majesty of Paithani sarees as it flourished under the Mughals and the Peshwas equally. It takes floral motifs and Amarvell from the Mughal era and Asawali is a contribution of the Peshwas.
It is well loved all over the world by all cultures. A strong representative of unity in diversity, that our country stands for.
Life forms on a fabric
The Morbangdi, literally meaning “Peacock in a Bangle” is a popular motif for Paithani sarees as it represents “beauty” of a peacock and the bangle represents completeness.
The Ajanta Caves from Aurangabad which have beautiful Buddhist murals have influenced the Kamal Pushpa which implies “rebirth”.
The Tota Maina represents a Parrot and Myna, symbolizing Love and Passion.
The influx of Mughals and Peshwas brought along with it Amarvell, Asawali, flower motifs, leave motifs, geometrical figures and much more.
How is it made?
The making of Pure Paithani Sarees is a Herculean task, moving from careful selection of pure raw silk and gold or silver zari to weaving and creating the final saree. Pure silk imported from China and local zari were used. Now because of growth in the textile sector, we produce our own mulberry silk in Bangalore and zari in Surat. Artificiality derails royalty so only pure and natural dyes are used.
The raw silk is washed, dyed and prepared to be put on the loom. The pure silk is washed with proper care. It is then dyed using natural dyes derived from plants, vegetables, minerals which are combined to give attractive colors to the silk. This dyed silk is then separated thread by thread. These threads are then loaded on to the loom where they are carefully positioned to elaborate the design, motifs and the colors.
After the loom is set, all these individual warp and weft threads are weaved together on the handloom. This gives control over each and every thread and makes the production much more intricate. Since the production process is so delicate and intricate, it may take a month to a few years to create one saree.
The whole process of creating a Paithani saree, from dyeing of the fabric to the weaving of this saree is done manually. This takes a toll on the health of the weavers, affecting their vision, their bones and various other health issues emerge.
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