Maharashtra’s Pride- Paithanis
Basking in the glory of its exalted culture and tradition maharashtra takes utmost pride in the ancient weave of paithani sarees that top the list.
Considered to be the richest sarees ever made in Indian history, Paithani silk sarees made in the small town Paithan in Maharashtra are the most exquisite and finest silk sarees in the country today. An art form that has been prevalent from over 2000 years, the origin of Paithani sarees is traced back to 200BC in the Satvahana era in the city of Pratishthan by river Godavari and since then has impressed first the Peshwas then the Mughals and the Nizams of Hyderabad who were motivated to not just patronize these sarees but introduce many new motifs and patterns which went on to become famous Paithani saree designs. The silk sarees that comprise of a rich ornamental zari pallu characterized by peacock design and border that is characterized by an oblique square design, Paithani sarees collection till date are woven in golden and silver threads to make some beautiful piece of art. Finding a mention as a ‘Mahavastra’ in many Maharashtrian literatures, Paithani sarees even today are traditionally a part of the trousseau of every Maharashtrian bride.