The paithani sarees were born more than two thousand years ago. This stellar art of weaving was the pride of the Satvahana dynasty of kings in two hundred BC, on the banks of the Godavari. The silk saree price changed many hands. Each enriched the weave. The Nizam of Hyderabad was very fond of this paithani saree and the paithani’s were the begum’s weakness. After the patronage of the Mughals where in Aurangzeb, also contributed and certain motifs are the legacy of his period. The Peshwas’ of Pune took the progress of the paithani saree under their fold. The craftsmen of the trade were settled in Yeola, very close to the city of Shirdi. Here Paithani acquired new dimensions in both craft and style. Asawali, a motif of the flowering vine is credited to the Peshwa period.
The paithani silk saree may have lost its patronage but the saree is today an essential part of our social fabric. The saree makes us Indian and from the vast platter of sarees. Paithanis’ stand out as they embrace the holiest of all ceremonies –the wedding and a maharashtrian bride is incomplete without a paithani saree. The 6 yards has the power to unite us and hearts beat for the same, at each festival, each victory, the saree wins hands down. Paithani silk saree online has made the saree within reach.
The gorgeous weave
The pride of the Deccan, the Paithani silk saree employs the ancient technique of tapestry where multiple threads of different hues are interspersed with gold and silver threads, to form a scintillating silk saree. In the past, Romans imported this exquisite weave in exchange for gold. It was then a popular barter during the ancient silk trade. The paithani silk saree is a mother’s gift to her daughter and the favorite choice of a bride.
The traditional paithani takes a week to weave. The pallu which is woven separately takes three to four weeks. The pallu is made completely by hand, where the weaver uses his ingenuity depending upon the design and number of patterns in the saree. The cost increases according the number of motifs that are woven silk sarees online. If real zari is used then the price rises but today metallic yarn is used. Silver yarn or some soft silk base zari or cotton base zari is used. Making the saree accessible to saree lovers. Brocade patterns using lotus, peacock, flowers or bails are made by the deft fingers of the craftsmen. Muniya, parrot, lotus, flower or leaf are popularly used in the pallu.
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