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Paithani Saree popularly known as ‘Queen of Sarees,’ is a trademark of Indian tradition and honor. A paithani saree silk is considered one of the royal sarees in India. The saree is an element of richness and grace just not among women of Maharashtra, but among women across the country.
Paithani Saree – A Gorgeous Traditional Saree of Maharashtra
A paithani saree design is famous for its unique weaving process, stunning artwork of silver and gold threads, and lovely motifs, all of which together make it a piece of unmatched elegance and grace.
If you are a sophisticated buyer and want to embrace the Indian culture and glory in a piece of clothing then having a paithani saree motifs in your trousseau is a must.
If there is one such bridal outfit that never fails to add grace to your personality, then it’s got to be a paithani saree for a wedding without a doubt. Pattan or Paithani is a type of gold and silk saree from Maharashtra (named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad). Known by its borders for an oblique square design where the pallu of the saree is beautifully designed with peacock motifs that are to die for. From classic white paithani saree's new design to off-beat colored paithani saree's latest design – we have curated the latest paithani saree getup inspiration for brides-to-be!
An aristocratic drape for the Royals, and aptly popular as Queen of Silks, this craft of paithani saree original weaving dates back to the Satvahana Dynasty that ruled between the second century BC and the second century AD.
The paithani saree Aurangabad gets its name from the town in which it originated – Paithan in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, by the river Godavari. The art of Paithani weaving flourished during the era of the Mughals, particularly under the reign of Aurangzeb who reinvented the traditional Paithani and introduced new elements of design. Later, the Nizam of Hyderabad, also an ardent admirer of Paithanis, promoted the art and possibly had a hand in making it survive. Begum Niloufer, from the Nizam family, is attributed to her contribution to the motif Parinda (Pheasant bird).
With the advent of British rule and the Industrial Revolution, the Paithani weaving industry experienced a setback. To the rescue then came the Peshwas’ of Pune who had a special love for the textile and the rich legacy of Paithani was saved yet again! Asawali, a motif of the flowering vine is credited to the Peshwa period.
Later, in absence of royal patronage, Paithani remained an ignored textile until the Government together with private enterprises took a special interest in its revival.
Despite the craft being centuries old, the paithani saree history is still woven in the same traditional manner. It is done with the same tapestry technique as used in the weaving of a Persian rug. Multiple threads of different colors along with gold and silver threads are woven together to form a fascinating piece of silk. The weaving process is complex, begins from choosing raw silk and precious metals to the final product.
A full-scale drawing of the motif to be used is prepared and sets as the base for weaving to achieve precision and exactness.
The weavers use the method of interlocking when more than one base color is used. A particular color thread is used length-wise and another color is used width-wise while weaving, creating a play of color as light reflects off it and the saree appears to change its color giving a kaleidoscopic effect.
TIME REQUIRED FOR WEAVING PAITHANI SAREE
It takes 7 days for weaving one paithani for a saree, but the time taken may differ according to the intricacy of the designs. So, if the borders are contrast and the pallu design is more detailed, then it takes more time.
So, if you are looking for lightweight trendy saree yet with a traditional touch to it, you should definitely try your hands on the new paithani saree 2021, the style for festive occasions.
DESIGN AND MOTIFS
Available in two varieties – Traditional Paithani and Brocade Paithani, this ancient textile unites entire elements of life in the form of blessings and protection to the wearer.
Motifs are Traditional, inspired from figures in Ajanta Caves are derived from nature that forms an essential part of human life.
MAINTENANCE OF PAITHANI SAREE
Do not use soap for the first three washes. Gently rinse in plain cold water. For the subsequent washes, use a mild detergent. Wash the pallu, border, and body separately. Provide good air circulation when in storage. Do not use naphthalene balls or chemicals to protect from insects. Drop few cloves around to avoid insects. Never use plastic or regular cardboard boxes to store. Do not use hangers. Wrap in muslin cloth. Store in a wooden chest or wooden cupboard.
Paithani Sarees are meant for the one with a discerning eye, impeccable taste, and refined senses.
Rich and elegant, it adds grace to the one who adorns it with love…