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Paithani is the best variety of sari, named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad, Maharashtra State in India where the sarees are woven by hand and are made with wonderful silk fabric. It is considered one of the richest saris and fabric in India. Even in today's advanced world the methods of weaving beautiful paithani silk saree have not changed at all from 200 B.C.
Whereas, Ikat is derived from the Maya-Indonesian word " Munigikat " which means 'Bind or Knot'.The exquisite and intricate resist-dyed ikats and Tie-dyed fabrics can be traced back to the 6th or 7th century where Fresco paintings of Ajanta caves and also Excavations from Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa civilization.
The beautiful combination of the yarns is tied in a specific pattern as guided by the expert master weaver; once the tie-dying is done the yarns are taken to the loom, then the weaving takes place of the paithani-ikat saree. The characteristic feature of this tie-dye and gorgeous zari work from the weavers of India is the haze pattern which you can see on the ikat fabric.