Silk has been one of the richest of fabrics revered and cherished since ages. The smooth texture imparts a distinctly rich feel to it, quite unlike any other fabric. It is also very invaluable given its extremely controlled production process. Silk fabric has been used for making beautiful, gorgeous sarees across the country since centuries. Every function, event or ceremony is marked by womenfolk in this graceful drape. Not only does it impart a sense of ethereal style, but also wraps you in timeless elegance and beauty.
The Paithani silk sarees are one of the most beautiful weaves of its kind. It is named after its place of origin, in the town of Paithan, in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Traditionally, it is characterized by borders of an oblique square design with a peacock pallu design. Another popular pattern is the kaleidoscope design which is achieved by using one thread lengthwise and another thread breadth wise. Many non-traditional buyers also prefer to buy plain or spotted weaves.
The specialty of the Paithani saree is its gold and silver weave. Though originally made of cotton and silk, with silk being used only in the border design and weft, the Paithani saree today has evolved to be made entirely in silk. There is absolutely no trace of cotton. Earlier, the silk was imported from China, but today Paithani weavers get their silk indigenously from Bangalore.
Paithani saris are silks in which there are no extra wefts forming figures. The figures were obtained by a plain tapestry technique. During the time of Peshwas, zari was made of gold and strengthened with cotton. Today, zari is made of silver and is gold plated. This is frequently obtained from Surat. The process of weaving is intricate and time consuming with artisans taking one whole day to set the threads on the loom! The designs are inspired by many forms such as the Buddha Lotus, neighbouring Ajanta Ellora caves, the Tota-Maina, and the Bangadi-Mor among others. Small motifs like circles, stars, kuyri, rui phool, kalas pakhhli, chandrakor and clusters of 3 leaves are common weaves used on the body of the saree. Originally, they are made of vegetable dyes and each colour combination has a distinct name. Weavers today are working tirelessly for the revival of this craft.
From the range of Paithani sarees available online, we at Craftsvilla get you absolute originals with designs ranging from the traditional to more modern styles. Stand out in a crowd dressed in tradition with Paithani sarees. Paithani sarees designed for the monsoons have intricate motifs which designate and uphold the rains. You can pick out monsoon colours in a variety of blues and greens or in a combination during the rainy season. Our monsoon collection of Paithani sarees house beautiful original designs that cannot be duplicated anywhere. These sarees are an absolute rage online and you deserve to own this beauty as well. Browse through Craftsvilla for the best range online.