The quiet Vindhyachal ranges boast of many a thing. It was amidst a flourishing trade in the 11th century. The weaving culture started in 2nd century and 7th century but history has no clear record of it. The trade locations made it invincible as trade is a great peacekeeper. Fabric has changed, it has seen cultures, dynasties. Chanderi situated on the boundary of two regions steeped in culture. The regions of Malwa and Bundelkhand. Central India and the south of Gujarat gave it importance.
Chanderi is known to have its origin back in the Vedic Period, and is believed to have founded by Lord Krishna’s cousin, Shishupal Silk, cotton and silk cotton are three derivatives from a fabric and chanderi sarees are divided into these categories. Creative expression and the business of chanderi sarees has moved to a peak. The vanity of a woman is satiated and the hunger of being appreciated and looking good because each woman is worth it.
The mainstream work in Chanderi silk saree is weaving other trades like beedi making, bamboo basket weaving starting a second seat.
The progress in Chanderi is proportionate to the progress in weaving in Chanderi. Therefore the stories that abound Chanderi are infused with the success or lack of success of the weave the ancient weave. We also have Ravi Verma paintings which so beautifully depict the Chanderi saree. There has been a vacuum when there is no mention of the delicate saree. In a sudden change of events, at Allaudin Khilji bequest, Hazrat Wajihuddin, migrated to Chanderi. He was a khalifa of the great sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. By 1305 Chanderi was a refuge of muslims from as far as Dhaka and it is believed, chanderi was a weaving centre even then. There is mention of the fine saree during Akbar’s and his son Aurangzeb’s reign. Later the the royal house of the Scindia’s is also written down in History as patrons of this divine fabric which at that time was the fancy of the rich and the royal.
The Bundela’s ruled for over two centuries after which with help of the British Scindia’s were successful to attach Chanderi to their kingdom and later it was part of Madhya Pradesh . Today the Scindia’s have done a lot for the chanderi saree ,the elusive GI status and the modernisation of this unique saree. The chanderi saree today is renowned for its syle and grace. It is said that even the Rajmata of Scindia had left a rich legacy of chanderi sarees.
The chanderi silk saree, chanderi cotton saree and silk cotton saree have bewitched us with its lightness and the cool feeling while wearing it. It is indeed a boon for summers.During the commonwealth games the atheletes were given chanderi stoles and it is said that young princes prefered to wear safa or turbans of chanderi fabric. So the the sublime material was a favourite of heads in power and also for the shoulders of the youth who did India proud. Indeed a proud moment to think about that a fabric could have coveted place in society. Chanderi is certainly our pride and joy.Handloom industry has a jewel in its crown which will sparkle and shine for many more generations.
Shatika have the widest collection of traditional handloom sarees of India. We have now a very strong presence in the online saree sector. Chanderi saree are available at Shatika . Available superb discounts on the auspicious occasion of the grand maha kumbh.
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