Born in the Maheshwar, a region on the banks of Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh, the Maheshwari saree, a harmonious blend of exquisite silk and cotton, is a weave adored for the detail in every aspect of the drape. From the Pallus that canvas a range of motifs to borders that shimmer with zari work, these cultural symbols have been amongst the most revered forms of saree for ages. Dive with us into the colourful realm of Maheshwari cotton silk weaves, the dream drape of every saree admirer.
We at Mavuri’s, an abode of exquisite weaves from the cultural havens of India, take pride in our collection of traditional Maheshwari sarees. Spanning across a wide colour palette, these iconic pieces are born out of passionate craftsmanship and expertise.
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On the banks of Narmada
The roots of Maheshwari sarees crawl back to the 18th century, an age when the local weavers of Maheshwar incorporated traditional hand looming techniques to weave silk and cotton together. Soon, the magnificence of the weaves was recognised by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of the Holkar state, whose encouragement widely promoted the sarees amongst the royal and aristocratic communities. Over time, these drapes traversed the barriers of class and enjoyed immense popularity from all.
Traditional craftsmanship and hand looming techniques
The craftsmen of Maheshwar have ever since maintained pinnacle standards in weaving these cotton silk sarees. Inheriting the craft from their ancestors, the weaving community members have passionately retained the cultural and historical significance of these sarees. To date, the artisans use age-old handloom weaving techniques with a blend of contemporary style to appeal to the modern women.
The anatomy of Maheshwari sarees
Known for their rich work, Maheshwari sarees hold deep cultural significance, which is mirrored on the pallus canvassing thoughtful motifs, intricate patterns, and elegant designs. The borders boast a celestial golden sheen, a result of the zari work by the weavers. On some occasions, the borders also carry floral and geometrical patterns of metallic threads to notch up the regal appeal.
Beyond the regal appeal
While traditional Maheshwari sarees are esteemed for the royal vibe they add to the wearer, the infusion of cotton enhances the breathability of the weave. The silk contributes to the inherent sheen and the cotton makes a Maheshwari saree a light-weight drape, the synchronisation of two most sought-after qualities.