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The Famous Chanderi Sarees

Chanderi, a little village nestled between the hills of Vindhyanchal in MP's Ashok Nagar district, has been weaving chanderi sarees in silk, cotton, and silk cotton for over a century. According to legend, the Sindia dynasty used to purchase the Chanderi saree in 1910, and gold motifs were first included in the main body of the cotton muslin saree at that time, which led to the introduction of silk yarn over time and the development of jacquard.

chanderi sarees

However, due to the growing demand, somewhere in the 1970’s, another variety of fabric was weaved which combined a silk warp with a cotton weft.

Some of the stunningly beautiful motifs include ‘Nalferma, ‘Dandidar, ‘Chatai’, ‘Jangla’, Mehndi wale haath’ etc.

Striking facts of chanderi sarees

These sarees ooze elegance, poise, and most significantly, a natural sheen. They are extremely lightweight to carry, making them a popular choice among ladies of all cultural circles. We all know that chanderi has made its way into the hearts of saree connoisseurs.

Let's dig a little deeper to find some interesting facts-

MP chanderi sarees

  1. Historical records reveal that chanderi silk has been around since the 11th century, however, another historical citation claims that the fabric chanderi was introduced by Lord Krishna's cousin Sishupal.
  2. Because of the sheerness it provides, chanderi is also known as woven air. The exceptionally fine strands used in weaving the chanderi fabric give the saree its transparency. Most crucially, the yarn used to make Chanderi fabric does not need to be degummed to avoid breakage during weaving, which gives the cloth its distinct texture and sheen.
  3. Chanderi's excellent count cotton is made from a particular root called Kolikanda, which is light but strong and gives the fabric a polished and glossy look.
  4. The handloom needles are used to weave the round butis featured in chanderi cloth. A multitude of motifs is created with different needles. Once formed, gold, silver, or copper threads are used to cover the designs. The rich and gorgeous Banarasi silk sarees inspired these designs.
  5. Pure silk, chanderi cotton, and poly silk are the most common textiles used to weave chanderi sarees.

chanderi silk sarees

Motifs

Ashrafi buti, gold coin, phul bati, phul patta, paan, eent, suraj buti, meena buti, kalgi, ghoongra, akhrot, churi are some of the famous motifs influenced by banarasi sarees. The Ashrafi buti, which was traditionally reserved for royalty, is now a common theme in chanderi sarees. The Chanderi is distinguished by its delicate hand-woven designs on extra wefts, which may explain why it was a favorite of the elite classes of society.

chanderi cotton silk sarees

Palette of colors 

The pastel colors are what give the saree its genuine gleam. Bright colors in dazzling hues are also being weaved to suit the high class due to increased demand.

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