The most sexy yet most graceful outfit in the world indeed “SAREE”. Drape it in the way u want, they always makes u look beautiful. Looks extremely sophisticated, charming, and elegant. A big fan of sarees, always find a reason to drape one.
I love to collect different variety of saree from different region & my travel to do list always have the point to pick the local saree or local outfit. I had collected lot many but still lot to be the part of my wardrobe. In that missing list is the “Maheshwari”.
It attracted me when Surabhi called me to do the photoshoot for her brand “Thread Tales” (http://www.threads-tale.com ). Bright vibrant fresh yet subtle colors charmed me, its light weight brought a smile on my face that it can be wore any time of the year.It has a reversible border, so it can be worn on both sides. I was more amazed that now along with saree for which maheshwari is famous stoles, suits, dupattas are also available in the same fabric to match the current fashion statement & also giving opportunity to the ladies to flaunt maheshwari in this fast pace life without draping saree.
I got the opportunity to shoot for the range of dupattas, from embroidered to thin zari border, all are hand woven. Few pics from the shoot.
I surfed net to get the history of “Maheshwari” & it bought the big smile on my face. Beautiful sarees were conceptualized by a women herself, Queen Ahilyabai Holkar. It all started in 18th century when she called the weaver from Malwa & Surat to make 9 yards exquisitely designed silk saree to be gifted to royal guests & relatives of the palace. As they were first produced in Maheshwar, a city in Khargone (MP), they got the name of “Maheshwari”.
These sarees were initially weaved in silk but with passage of time pure cotton or cotton mixed with silk also came up as major fabric bringing it in affordable range. They have beautiful designs including stripes, checks & floral border. Some famous designs includes “ चटाई ( Mat) ” , “ चमेली का फूल (Jasmine Flower)” , “ ईंट (Brick)”, “ हीरा (Diamond)” patterns.. Unique pattern of stripes on aanchal, with motifs of petals and leaves in geometrical patterns, borders inspired by architectural walls of forts and mahals of that era represents sophistication and class.
There are 5 major categories based on their design pattern. These are “Chandrakala & Baingani Chandrakala” are plain where as “Chandratara, Beli & Parbi” has striped or checked patterns.
One more interesting fact I got was due to the use of non-fast colors after 2nd WW (1945) led maheshwari market to acute crisis as the supply of synthetic color from Germany got disrupted due to war. Initially natural dyes were used in Maheshwari like Sattalu rang extracted from the red of the Sattalu plant. Brown was obtained from Harada and yellow from the Pallas flower.
Setting of Handloom & Design Pattern…..
After seeing so much up n down in its history this fabric maintained its charm. Now the part of my wardrobe, I strongly believe that one should have at least one outfit made of this fabric.
Bringing more to sarees soon….