Maheshwari saris originate in the town of Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, which is where their name comes from. These saris were first commissioned by Rani Ahilya Bhai Holkar, who wanted exclusive saris to bestow upon visiting dignitaries and guests to the palace. After becoming popular among the aristocrats, it became well known among the common folk as well.
After a decline in the 1970’s, the Rehwa society was founded in order to revive this ancient craft. Today they are sought over by designers in India and in Europe. Being light and airy, made primarily of cotton and silk, they are perfect to wear in tropical regions. They are characterized by the reversible border, or bugdi, which allows the sari to be worn on both sides. With unique pallus, which have five stripes along the width, and leaves and flowers on the border known as karnphool, these saris truly are one of a kind.
Jamdani is an ancient weaving technique somewhat like tapestry work. The process is time consuming and involves a tedious form of hand looming and is almost like embroidery. Jamdani involves the supplementary weft technique along with the standard weft technique.
The ultimate expression of regality, Jamdani is called the finest muslin for this extremely skilful weave takes anywhere from a month to a year to complete a saree.
Today Jamdani is also found in scarves, stoles and dupattas.
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