Paithani Saree of Maharashtra
This is Paithani saree of Maharashtra, the name its self-came from its origin. Pratishthana (Todays ‘Paithan’) a village near Aurangabad in the State of Maharashtra. The history of Paithani saree existed during the satvahan dynasty from 2nd Century B.C. to 2nd Century A.D.
Paithani saree of Maharashtra is one of the items found in Indo-Roman trade from 2nd century BCE with cotton and spices. Paithani received backing under Aurangzeb, the Marathas, and Peshwas, as well as the Nizams. Even king of Gujrat siddraj Solanki also invited Paithaini weavers of Maharashtra to settle down in Gujrat.
Handloom Paithani Weavers
This saree is unique and rare because knowledge of paithani weaving transfers from generation to generation, so art remains within the family. Today, not only families from Paithan are involved in the making of Pithani But Also some families from South India. Very few families are making paithani today.
Part of Paithani saree
A typical Paithani Saree consists of 3 significant parts, main body, Padar( Pallu), and Kath( Border). Pallu and Border have unique characteristics of Paithani as it contains heavy gold or silver thread work with unique motifs.
The first part of the saree Padar( pallu) is made. Pallu of saree may contain motifs such as Mor(peacock), Kamal(lotus), aakruti (Geometric design),asavel(Tree branch), and Amba(Mango).
Pallu is the most intriguing part of saree can take from two weeks to two months to weave, which is depending on the level of details and intricate motifs. Bangadimor(Peacock in circular shape) is considered as the most complex motif to construct.
Bangadimor (Peacock in circular shape) is considered as the most complex motif to construct.
The main body of saree contains 2 to 3 sq centimeter size motifs situated equidistance from each other, also called butti in the local language.
Kath is the lower part of saree, which made thicker to give a little bit weight to saree—also decorated with beautiful symmetrical motifs.
Length of Paithani saree
The traditional Paithani saree is made by hand in pure silk dyed in conventional colors. Mulberry Silk is sourced from Bangalore or Mysore, and zari is sourced from the Surat state of Gujrat.
The paithani saree is available in two lengths ‘Sahavari,’ and ‘Nauvari’ means 6 yard and 9 yards.
Check Authencity Paithani
Few customers understand the intricacies of making these elegant sarees. No two Paithani is the same as each other because each woven individually and has different and unique motifs.
The original Paithan Paithani is a G.I. product and hence is protected under The Geographical Indications of Goods. Before buying Paithani saree online or in the shop, please check for GI Mark, Silk Mark, and Handloom Mark on saree to make sure it is Pure Silk and Authentic Product.
Now a days many sellers in the market selling Saree’s which have silk mark logo, Specially online seller where you can not see and feel the material. you might come across counterfeit product. It is always a good practice to buy Silk saree’s from well know shop or from online platform. In which seller either give you guarantee of silk Saree or provide refund if Saree’s is not up to the expectation.
Paithani Saree Price
Now only a handful of people are making this saree. Due to high material cost and time is taken to prepare single saree. Paithani’s are really costly in price can vary between in range from INR 20000 to INR 40000.