Paithani Silk Saree
Paithani is a famous saree, named after the Paithan town in Maharashtra state of India, where they are handwoven by decade old skilled artisans. Made from very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in India.
Paithani is characterized by zari borders, and a pallu with intricate designs. Initially these were made with Silk imported from China and with real gold and silver threads. Traditionally, Paithani sarees are woven with Bangalore’s mulberry silk and zari from Surat.
These days they are also available in cotton-silk and art silk. They are a symbol of the intellectual refined elite, decades ago it was only wore by royals and aristocrats, which makes Paithani saree a priceless possession in any women’s wardrobe even today.
These are available in both six and nine yard lengths. The most intriguing part of a handwoven Paithani saree is that the both face and backside of the saree looks exactly alike, even the pallu and border as well. Whereas power loom saree will show cut threads on the back side of the saree.
Another interesting feature of this saree is that it never loses its luster like other silks, neither wear out nor the folds are comes up over the time. Also, no two handwoven Paithani sarees are ever exactly alike, there will always be a minute variations in the design.
Paithani sarees are woven with natural dyed yarns, therefore only basic colours are available like blue, red, pink, yellow, green, purple, etc. Every saree is made in two colours, one on the saree and a contrasting colour on border and pallu. These are also available in kaleidoscopic colors and this effect is achieved by varying the weave.
Paithani sarees have a characteristic design which makes them easily differentiable from other sarees. Small motifs are spread throughout the body of the saree, the main work is done on the border and pallu.
Popular pallu motifs include peacock, bangle with peacocks and lotus, birds like parrot, vines and flowers, paisley, almond shaped designs. Many musical instruments can also be spotted woven on the saree such as table, tanpura. On the borders, most common design is fan shaped motif or coconut. Not many variations of designs are woven on Paithani saree to persist its characteristic style.
Style Your Paithani
This timeless saree is suitable for any formal as well as festive celebrations like wedding, corporate parties. Its vibrant hues makes it the center of attraction at any gathering and drape the wearer with timeless beauty and grace, making it perfect pick for such occasions. Wear it with minimal jewelry, and only gold jewelry will complement the overall look, which will enhance the beauty of Paithani and the wearer even more.
Paithani sarees are very intricate and valuable, hence proper care should be taken while storing and getting it cleaned. While storing, it must be wrapped in a soft cloth or mul, away from sunlight, which can damage the silk threads. Do not wash it after every use, as the golden zari can get damaged, get it dry cleaned, only if necessary.