Thursday, April 16, 2015

Maheshwari Salwar Suits: Gift of Central India to Modern Women

Maheshwari derives its name from Maheshwar, is a city situated in Madhya Pradesh. The word Maheshwar in Hindi means Great God, an epithet of Lord Shiva. Its well know from its weaving of the Maheshwari fabric since the 5th century. Queen Ahilyabai got weavers from Surat and introduced the MaheshwariSarees. The entire city of Maheshwar is involved in the weaving of this beautiful and admired Saree. With stripes at the pallu, is plain or have geometric motifs and is woven in silk and cotton. Light in weight, it has some amount of grace that has made it the favourite of every women. The weaving centre is located in one of Maheshwar's historic buildings

MaheshwariSarees have always been a favourite among women of all age groups. This sophisticated piece of fabric was weaved to depict royalty and elegance. The motifs are inspired by the local architecture. The unique feature of this Saree is its reversible border, which lets one wear it both ways. We know a lot about the Maheshwari Sarees, but little do we know of its origin. However, the new trend in maheshwar is to manufacture salwar suit pieces in both cotton and cotton silk. Maheshwari cotton silk has always been famous for its unique style of weaving. Now along with the famous hand block printing of this heritage town maheshwari salwar suits are creating a splash in the indian fashion scene
TheMaheshwari salwar suit dress material are exclusive for their unique designs on silk and cotton fabrics, the fine use of zari and brilliant use of stripes, checks and exquisite floral borders. Distinctive features of the Maheshwari salwar kameez are its light weight, shiny lustre and a fine display of colours, with brilliant motifs, an attractive chunni border to match. The dupatta is particularly noted for the colourful stripes in varied colours such as green, pink, magenta, mauve, violet etc. which lend the fabric a mesmerizing look. The body of the salwar is covered with all over buttis and the kameez is a plain color paint
The popular designs used in these salwar suits, which were inspired from the designs on the fort walls are the ‘Chatai’ pattern that is the ‘Mat’ pattern, the ‘Chameli ka phool’ pattern that is the ‘Chameli flower’ pattern, the ‘Eent’ pattern that is the ‘Brick’ pattern as well as the ‘Heera’ pattern that is the ‘Diamond’ pattern. These designs are found on Maheshwari dupattas, sarees and dress material even today. 
The cotton silk Fabric of maheshwar is unique. With fine cotton yarns in its weft and silk in the warp, this fabric islight and airy for the summers, yet has the subtle luster of silk. TheMaheshwari salwar suit dress material or saree  is not made by one person or one community, but the entire town is involved in this craft in some way or another. This craft weaves Hindus and Muslims, men and women together in its sublime fabric. The dyers colour the yarns in rich colours after which a silk warp and cotton bobbins for the weft are prepared. Once the loom is set with the patterns for borders and motifs, the weaving starts. In the weavers’ colonies, every street is filled with the continuous clacking of wooden looms; the craftsmen are busy creating poetry in colour.Through the years, this craft has seen many changes, many highs and lows.Copper coated nylon has replaced the pure gold wires of zari and synthetic dyes have replaced the limited palette of natural colours. Withhigh demands and extreme pressures on time, dyers have to get one warp of silk ready within an hour, leaving little room for revival of slow natural dyeing

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