Maheshwari Sarees are the traditional saree of the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh. Maheshwari sarees are fabricated in cotton and silk fabric. These saree can be worn either side because of the reversible borders of the saree which is known as ‘Bugdi’. Maheshwari sarees of Madhya Pradesh are the most durable and ever-longing sort among various traditional sarees of India. This traditional sarees is the legacy of Queen Ahilya Bai who once ruled the territory and designed the first saree. Such sarees are symbolic of majestic status and inherited flair of legendary India. The light weight of Maheshwari sarees adds another special feature to it. On the basis of designing of Maheshwari sarees, these are categorised into two types, i.e. the plain Maheshwari sarees and striped and checked sarees. Plain Maheshwari sarees are known as The ‘Chandrakala’ and the ‘Baingani Chandrakala, while ‘Chandratara’, the ‘Beli’ and the ‘Parbi’ are the striped and checked sarees.
The saree is made up of pure silk which is very soft in texture with an exceptional sheen. The golden threads or the zari works finds their way in the borders, pallu and the motifs. Undeniably, pallu, border and the entire designing of the sarees makes it more eye catchy. Thus, the pallav or pallu of the Maheshwari sarees is also unique with five stripes with three coloured and two white colours alternating. The sarees usually have rich golden borders and two gold bands on the pallu. The traditional sarees with gold chicks, with lotus rounded all over are known as butis-are more expensive. Owing to its existence in Maheshwar, the designing of motifs of these sarees reveals the touch of temples and palaces of MaheshwaR.
It is also considered as Queen of the saris. Patola Silk Sarees are primarily manufactured in Gujarat, India and exported to other parts of the world. Patola Sarees are manufactured using Silk thread and Zaree. Zaree is basically a gold coated thread that is used to give royal look and feel to the saree. Patola making process involves spinning, weaving, dyeing and finally draping in pure silk to give you final Patola Silk Saree.
Patola Silk sarees are very popular and can be worn during any occasion. It simply adds royalty to your personality. There are different types of Patola sarees such as Rajkoti Patola and Patan sarees. Rajkoti Patola are manufactured by using Single Ikat process in contrast to Double Ikat process of Patan. The colors used in this process are dyes made from vegetable extracts and other natural colors. These colors are so fast that there is a popular Gujarati saying about the Patola sarees that “the Patola may tear, but the color will not fade”. The average time taken in creating a Patola marvel is usually 4 to 6 months, depending on the complexity of the pattern and design. These affluent sarees are thus, priced accordingly. The specialty of Patan patola is fine intricate patterns and typical geometric designs, with soft hazy outlines. One of the outstanding characteristics of the patola is in singular design which appears on both sides of the fabric, the different colours merging harmoniously. In the patolas of Surat, the background of the border is usually green, while that of the field is dark red.