Melodies of Maheshwar
In YuvaWave we present the perfect melodies of Maheshwar by presenting Maheshwari silk cotton sarees that are a consummate symphony of silk and cotton…
Home to India’s finest hand loom fabric traditions since the 5th century, Maheshwar, a city in Madhya Pradesh, is noted as a centre for weaving colorful Maheshwari sarees. Conceived and designed by Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar of Madhya Pradesh herself, each Maheshwari Sari Conjures up a picture of royal Elegance. These saris are weaved with distinctive designs involving stripes, checks and floral borders. They are woven from silk and cotton fibers and embellished with golden zari. The new trend in Maheshwari Sarees is the Maheshwari Silk Cotton Sarees. A good mix of silk and cotton, they are available in spirited colors and diaphanous texture. While the Pallus are particularly distinct with their five stripes, Maheshwari sarees are also famous for their reversible Borders, that can be worn either side. Once an exclusive privilege of the royalty, all the three, Maheshwari silk sarees, Maheshwari cotton sarees and Maheshwari silk cotton sarees have now become a preferred choice of every woman.
History of Maheshwari Sarees
Situated by the banks of sacred river Narmada in the heart of the country, the ancient weaving tradition of Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh is inspired by the carvings on the temples and palaces of Rani Ahilyabai Holkar, the warrior Queen of the Maratha ruled Malwa kingdom in the 18th century. According to legends, she brought craftsmen from Surat and Malwa to design special 9-yard sarees to be gifted to royal guests and relatives that became popular as Maheshwari sarees mainly worn by the ladies of royal status. After Rani Ahilya, the popularity of these sarees dimmed which picked up again with establishment of Rehwa society founded in 1979 that was founded with a mission to empower women and to tap the full potential of this beautiful handcraft, making history come alive. Today, Rehwa society is situated in Ahilya Fort, one of Maheshwar’s historic buildings with about 130 weavers associated with the society weaving Maheshwari silk sarees and Maheshwari silk cotton sarees that are an incorrigible blend of tradition and fashion and they exhibit an astonishing blend of strength and elasticity.