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History of Maheshwari Saree
The beautiful conception of the Maheshwari saree back to 18th century Madhya Pradesh. These sarees were first found and produced in the town of Maheshwar. These sarees were initially made of pure Silk, but with the passage of time, Cotton was also one of the major fabrics used for these exquisitely designed sarees.
The interesting legend behind these sarees is of Queen Ahilyabai Holkar who ordered various craftsman and artisans from Malwa and Surat to design a special saree with 9 yards, which later came to be known as the Maheshwari saree. These sarees were supposed to be a special gift for the royal relatives and guests who visited the palace.
In fact, it was the queen herself who designed the first saree. Following this, Maheshwari sarees became extremely popular in and around Madhya Pradesh.
The beauty of the Maheshwari saree is that each kind of Saree under this style has a name or a term of its own, which marks its distinctness. The sarees are either plain in the center with exquisitely designed borders, or have checks and stripes in different variations. There are 5 major categories, which are namely ‘Chandrakala, Baingani Chandrakala, Chandratara, Beli and Parbi. The Chandrakala and Baingani Chandrakala are the plain kind, whereas the Chandratara, Beli and Parbi fall under the striped or checked technique.
Color Combination Used
Initially, there was a limited range of colors used to design the Maheshwari saree, which were predominantly shades of Red, Maroon, Black, Green and Purple. However, with modernization and experimentation in Indian fashion, lighter colors have been introduced, along with the use of Gold and Silver threads.