Our handlooms produce a highly sought-after saree known as the Chanderi Saree. With a variety of options to choose from, these Chanderi sarees are always in high demand. However, the true essence of a Chanderi handloom saree lies in its origins from the town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh. Both the town and the saree hold significant places in our country's history and mythologies. The fascinating tales associated with them offer a glimpse into the intricate weaving techniques that make these sarees a favourite among us.
The origins of the word 'Chanderi' can be traced back to the picturesque Chanderi Town in Ashok Nagar district, located in the beautiful state of Madhya Pradesh. This region holds a rich historical significance, with evidence suggesting that its flourishing weaving industry dates back to the 7th to 2nd century BC. However, it wasn't until the 11th century that Chanderi gained widespread recognition, emerging as a crucial trading hub for merchants from Gujarat, Mewar, Deccan, and other regions. Interestingly, some historical records indicate that Chanderi sarees were highly sought after by royal families during the 12th and 13th centuries AD.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Chanderi is its connection to ancient Indian mythology. According to the Vedic scriptures, the fabric was said to have been brought to earth by none other than Lord Krishna's villainous cousin Shishupal. This legend adds a certain mystique to the fabric, making it even more alluring. As seen in the historical texts of Maasir-I-Alamgir (1658-1707), Chanderi caught the attention of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. He was so taken with it that he often gifted it as a khilat, a ceremonial robe reserved for those of high honour and status in royal and superior circles. These robes were adorned with intricate embroidery of pure gold and silver, making them incredibly costly and exclusive.
Discover the various types of exquisite Chanderi fabric that are readily available - pure silk, pure cotton, and silk-cotton blends. Known for its intricate weaving techniques, Chanderi sarees were traditionally crafted with hand spun cotton yarn boasting a high thread count of 300, comparable to the delicate muslin cloth of Dhaka. This exceptional thread count is achieved through the use of Kolikanda, a special root that lends its fine qualities to the cotton Chanderi fabric. With its rich history, Chanderi fabric has long been favored and thrived during the Mughal and Rajput empires.
Chanderi fabric boasts exquisite features that have earned it the nickname of 'woven air'. Renowned for its delicate and refined nature, sarees crafted from Chanderi fabric possess a unique lightweight and lustrous texture that sets them apart from other woven materials in the country. The skilled use of various needles results in intricate and elegant designs, such as floral and paisley motifs, adding to the fabric's allure.
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