Sheer Chanderi

This summer YuvaWave brings you the sheer beauty of chanderi silk cotton sarees in solid colors and exclusive zari motifs to enthrall you while keeping your comfort in check.

Situated on the boundary of two cultural regions of Madhya Pradesh, Malwa and Bundelkhand, Chanderi, placed in the Vindhyachal ranges is home to a wide range of traditions. Said to be founded by Lord Krishna’s cousin Shisupal, the weaving culture of Chanderi started during the 2nd and 7th century and today it is amongst the best known handloom clusters in the country. Specializing in producing fine textured Chanderi sarees of silk and cotton embellished with zari woven work intricately woven by hand interspersed with the delicacy of the extra weft motifs has for times immemorial satisfied the refined tastes of the royalty. All three types that get woven in Chanderi namely Chanderi silk saree, Chanderi cotton saree and Chanderi silk cotton saree display various beautifully striking motifs that include ‘Nalferma, ‘Dandidar, ‘Chatai’, ‘Jangla’, Mehndi wale haath. Known for their sheer texture, light weight and a glossy transparency which accounts for its delicate texture, it is a mix of traditional, modern techniques and deft skills of weavers honed by Chanderi that stands out as excellence in every sense.

History of Chanderi Sarees

History of Chanderi goes back to 11th century, when it was dominated by the trade routes of central India and was proximate to the arterial route to the ancient ports of Gujarat as well as to Malwa, Mewar, Central India and Deccan. The unique silk fabric produced in Chanderi is the result of traditional methods of hand-weaving that have been developed over the centuries, and passed down through generations. Originally, Chanderi was always woven using handspun cotton warps and wefts. It was spun as fine as 300 counts and was as prized amongst cotton fabrics as the famed muslins of Dhaka. Around the second half of the twentieth century, Chanderi became particularly famous for its sarees that were made with a mix of silk and cotton. Chanderi silk cottons are also known for their sheer texture, light weight and transparency. Typically worked and fringed heavily with handmade gold dots or motifs of golden thread, these silk cotton sarees have been patronised by royalty in the past. The first Indian product closest to being granted the GI status, a staggering 60% of the population of 30,000 has been involved in manufacturing and trading of this fabric for centuries.