18 July, 2010

Just another one

Despite the fact, that I had said, that I would not be putting the saree posts for a long time, here is one more. I and mom loved this same saree so much that we both got identical ones for us.

Maheshwari Saree: Fab India.
Jewellery: My daddy strongest. (Bought from dad)
Watch: Anne Klein

Too much of Sarees. Right? So let me put Kiran Sawhney as fitness trainer also on this post. Lets see a striking contrast.


  1. hey kiran..nice Indian blog...me too Indian...you do have a cool blog with interesting contents to read...look at my blog too...feel free to comment as ur friend

  2. white, fuchsia and a fantastic weave.... all the elements of a kiran sawhney favorite...

    now i have an idea / request... since you have been wearing and buying traditional weaves for ages, why not enlighten us about them? This one for instance... what is a maheshwari saree? which region does it belong to? what would be an approx price range? what should we look for while buying one of these?

    how abt that?

  3. Anks Thanks for your comment. And you know me very well by now- white, fuschia, elements of Kiran.

    The beautiful Maheshwari sarees are among the most popular sarees produced in India. These sarees are in demand not only in India, but also in international markets.

    History of the Maheshwari saree

    These sarees are largely produced in the town of Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh. The origin of the Maheshwari sarees dates back to the 18th century, when the state of Indore in Madhya Pradesh was ruled by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar.

    According to legends, Queen Ahilyabai ordered craftsmen from Surat and Malwa to design special 9-yard sarees to be gifted to royal guests and relatives. The sarees that were produced by these craftsmen became popular as Maheshwari sarees. It is believed that Queen Ahilyabai herself created the design of the first saree. These sarees were originally worn by the ladies of royal status, but nowadays, they are available in both national and international markets.


    The designs in the Maheshwari sarees were inspired by the detailing on the walls of the Fort of Maheshwar. The popular designs used in these sarees, which were inspired from the designs on the fort walls are the ‘Chatai’ pattern that is the ‘Mat’ pattern, the ‘Chameli ka phool’ pattern that is the ‘Chameli flower’ pattern, the ‘Eent’ pattern that is the ‘Brick’ pattern as well as the ‘Heera’ pattern that is the ‘Diamond’ pattern. These designs are found on Maheshwari sarees even today.

    Material used

    Originally, the Maheshwari saree was made of pure silk. Then in course of time, these sarees began to be made in pure cotton and with a mixture of silk and cotton (silk yarn in the warp and cotton in the weft). Nowadays, wool is also being used in the production of Maheshwari sarees. These sarees are extremely light in weight and present a sharp contrast to the Kanchipuram sarees of South India.


    Maheshwari sarees were initially made only in dark shades like red, maroon, black, purple and green. Today, these sarees are also being made in lighter shades and gold and silver threads are being made use of. In local dialect, the most popular colors used in Maheshwari sarees are ‘Angoori’ (grape green), ‘Dalimbi’ (deep pink), ‘Gul Bakshi’ (magenta), ‘Jaamla’ (purple), ‘Tapkeer’ (deep brown), ‘Aamrak’ (golden), ‘Rani’ (deep pink), ‘Dhaani’ (green) and ‘Kaashi’ (light purple). Usually, vegetable dyes are used in the preparation of these sarees.


    These sarees usually have a plain body or have stripes or checks of different varieties. Some of these varieties are highly popular and are known by different names. The ‘Chandrakala’ and the ‘Baingani Chandrakala’ are examples of plain Maheshwari sarees, while the ‘Chandratara’, the ‘Beli’ and the ‘Parbi’ are examples of striped and checked ones.

    Special features

    The unique feature of a Maheshwari saree is its reversible border. The border is designed in such a way that both sides of the saree can be worn. This is locally known as ‘Bugdi’.

  4. hi kiran,

    my first comment on the blog....u put really interesting stuff...just one suggestion...the resolution of pictures is not very clear.....prevents us from enjoining the details of ur dresses and accessories......but u r doin great work nonetheless.....

    much luv