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Maheswari Saris – Queen Attire
Maheswari saris are one of the most popular saris of the India. These saris got their name from the city Maheswar where they are produced. Maheswari saris are made of cotton or silk or combination of both. These saris are not just popular in India but are in huge demand of Canada, UK, Germany and many other western countries. Maheswari saris are light weight and can be wore easily throughout the year.
Maheswari saris are present since 5th century. Maheswar has always being popular as hub of handloom weaving. It rose to popularity under strong leadership of Queen Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar ((1767-1795). It is assumed that the first Maheswari sari was designed by Queen Ahilya Bai. Queen wanted royal gifts for the royal guests. Hence, weavers and artists from Surat and Mandu were hired to work for the Queen. They prepared the exclusive nauvari saris which was worn by the female members of the court. These saris were also gifted to royal guests. You can easily see inspiration of designs in saris from the Temples and forts of Maheswar.
Making of Maheswari Sarees
Maheswari Sarees are made basically of cotton and silk. It basically have designs of flowers, diamond. Jasmine, Swan embossed on it. It has an unique five stripes pallu which have a reversible border.
A sari takes more than 10 days to complete. Most difficult part of weaving is of pallu due to it 5 stripes. It take upto 3-5 days just to weave the pallu.
Maheswari sarees making process involves 5 steps
Plain maheswari silk is also sold and batik printing is done on them which add more value to the sarees.