Chanderi Silk – History, Significance and More

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Chanderi Silk is one of the top-quality Indian fabrics owing to it’s beautiful qualities. The fabric has a typical glossy finish which can be found no where in the entire world. It’s fine texture, light weight and shiny finish are what makes it exceptional. These fabrics are known for their luxurious gold, silver brocade work. Today, the fabric is loved by all women and has even made it’s way to the fashion world. Scroll to know more about this lustrous beauty!

History of Chanderi Silk

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Chanderi fabric got its name from its place of origin, Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh. The place has centuries old history of weaving fine textured fabrics. The weaving of these fabrics started between 7th century to 2nd century BC. Chanderi silk was even patronized by royalty for it’s beauty and luxury aspects. The fabric has made it to foreign exports much before the origin of most contemporary fabrics.

The weaving of chanderi sarees began in 13th century, initially worn in royal families and women of higher class. Traditionally the sarees came in white with golden brocade work and embroidery. Now, chanderi sarees are available in so many vibrant colors and patterns. Three main fabrics are used to make chanderi silk sarees today – chanderi cotton, pure silk, silk cotton.

More to Know About Chanderi

The entire process of making/weaving this beautiful fabric takes about 3-5 days, but sometimes more depending of the motifs and design involved. Chanderi fabric majorly includes motifs of flowers, coins, intertwining lines, geometric patterns, etc mostly derived from banarasi designs. High quality yarn is used in weaving this fabric which is why it is extremely supreme in quality and durable. The delicate, sheer texture is due to the fine yarn used in making the fabric. Intricate gold and silver is added to make the fabric look even more magnificient.

Owing to business reasons, replicas of chanderi silk are being manufactured as well. The quality of the fabric itself is a criteria to deicide whether or not its chanderi silk. Apart from that, there are some key things to look for in order to find out if its original chanderi fabric. Genuine chanderi sarees are usually available in subtler hues and have handmade detailed butis. If the butis are machine-made you can easily see the difference as this embroidery is usually weak. Original chanderi fabric has its surface usually uneven. The sheerness and gloss of the fabric is another factor that sets original chanderi apart from fake ones. And the last one is the price. Original chanderi sarees usually range around 3000-5000 INR or above.

Preserving the Beauty of it!

Apart from its stunning beauty, this artform gave jobs to several artisans in India. About 3500 artisans working in weaving this fabric as of now. Thousands of families are dependent on this craft for living. The Government of India recognized this art under Geographical Indication and hence this craft cannot be copied. Celebrities, Bollywood stars, fashion designers endorse this as well. With the advancements in fashion industry, apart from sarees and suits, several fashion items and accessories with modern and traditional twist are available today. Government also conducts workshops for weavers to hone the craft and to educate them about latest designs. It has even petitioned to World Trade Organization for the recognition of chanderi silk at international level.

In all aspects, the beauty of chanderi silk is inexplicable. If you are looking for some beautiful sarees in chanderi fabric, you might want to check these out!

 

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