Chanderi is a classy ethnic fabric which is always characterized by its lightweight, sheer texture, and fine luxurious feel. While speaking about handloom sarees you cannot forget to mention the famous Chanderi sarees.
This fabric was named after the town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh where traditional weavers practice the art of producing textured sarees in cotton and silk decorated with fine zari work
“Although there are three categories in which this fabric can be classified- Chanderi silk cotton, pure silk and Chanderi cotton.”
The weaving started from…
In ancient times Chanderi town was also popular for the best handloom clusters in India. Earlier this fabric was woven using handspun cotton warps and wefts. And in starting only the royal families started wearing this fabric.
In the year 1910, Chanderi sarees were patronized by the royal family of Scindia. And it was during the period when the when the golden thread motif made its presence in the cotton muslin saree for the first time.
In the Mughal period, the popularity of this fabric reached a new height and one of the preferred fabric among the queens. In the 1930s the weavers of Madhya Pradesh discovered a new silk Japanese silk. Which later was replaced and used as a variant of this fabric.
The unique characteristics of chanderi fabric:
This fabric is referenced as woven air because of their transparency and the sheer texture of the fabric. The yarn which is used to weave this fabric is not processed through the degumming process for preventing any breakage during weaving.
The butis on this fabric is weaved on the handloom with the use of needles. For different motifs, according to the designs separate needles are used. After weavings, the weavers coat these motifs with gold, silver or copper dust.
Although you can find this fabric in bold colors like red, black, navy blue and fuchsia, but this style sarees are especially known by soft pastel shades. Some of the exclusive designs of Chanderi weaving are nalferma, dandidar, chatai, jangla, mehndi wale haath.The popularity of this fabric growing day by day. Now you can find from sarees to dupattas in this style of fabric and motif.