by Shatika, February 6, 2016

Chanderi is a small township in the state of Madhya Pradesh(MP). Weaving in Chanderi is a centuries old profession. It is said that a section of the weavers from Bengal migrated to Chanderi well before Independence and settled near the Betwa river, where humidity was conducive to fine count cotton weaving (muslin). During the late nineteenth century, weavers were patronised by the then Royal family (‘Scindias’) who set up a training center at Chanderi. As a result, for the first time, gold thread motifs came into existence in the main body of the cotton muslin sarees. Silk was introduced to the cluster in the 1940s. It was procured from Chamundi in Karnataka. Soon pure silk saree started getting produced in the cluster.


At the time of India’s independence, Chanderi had 1000 active weavers. Till the early 1950s, the weavers were operating traditional throw shuttle pit looms. The Government Training Center at Chanderi introduced fly shuttle loom in 1951. Soon dobby and jacquard attachments followed, leading to an increase in production and consequently wages of weavers. Today Chanderi has GI status.


Chanderi Pattu Silk Sarees are embellished with zari work that is intricately woven by hand with the delicacy of the extra weft motifs to cater to the demands of the affluent and the  lover of sarees.





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