Glorious Gems of MP – The Woven History of Chanderi

The fabric of Chanderi has great tales woven into them. The name of the town itself is synonymous with the world of exquisitely hand-crafted saris. The unique warp and weft of chanderi saris are one of the best kept secrets of this town. The saris are woven out of very fine threads making them extremely lightweight and wearable all year long. And the trade of these sarees has been passed on from one generation to the other, and each member of the family makes a significant contribution to the craft.

Chanderi saris utilize cotton and silk for the base, and zari butis are woven utilizing additional weft method. It is stunning to observe every theme being made by hand, one string at any given moment. The more mind boggling plans on fringes and pallu are presently made by dobby and jacquard (complex cards are added to the linger). The delightful hues (neembu-lemon, narangi-orange, tamatari-tomato) and themes (leaves, mango, chana-peas) are altogether motivated by nature.

With a foundation in Textile Design, I was totally attracted to the carefully nitty gritty procedure of weaving. Amid my graduate program I needed to make various table linger tests and if that was trying for me, Chanderi weaving is a class separated in its authority. The easiest of Chanderi sari takes no less than 3 days to weave, contingent upon the themes and unpredictability of the outline. Every one of the weavers have delicate hands empowering them to work with to a great degree fine strings. There are around 5000 weavers chipping away at weavers Chanderi today.

Afterward, I got a chance to meet a couple ace weavers and visit their homes. The little time I went through with them will stay in my memory for eternity. The trustworthiness and truthfulness of these gifted skilled workers lowered me. I was looking with wide eyes at the lovely sari being made directly before me and at that time I increased profound regard for these folks, for it requires a gigantic push to set up the linger. With the fastidious expansion of each buti (theme), I saluted them for the tremendous inventiveness, persistence, aptitude and earnestness required to ace this procedure.

Taking a gander at my eagerness, one of the weavers portrayed a little couplet for me:

“Sheher Chanderi Momenbada,

Tiriya Raj Khasam panihara”

“In the city of Chanderi where weavers abide,

ladies control though men fill water”


Ace weaver Abdul Fareed, who has been in this business since the most recent 20 years, demonstrated to me some of his sarees. His most loved shading is Gajari Pink (Carrot Pink) and most loved theme is Keri (Mango).

Investing energy at the weavers’ basti, I was interested to think about the causes of these Bunkars (weavers). “How did the city of weaving machines to be?”, I enquired. What’s more, my guide Kalle bhai, an extremely educated man revealed to me the account of the weaver group.

It is trusted that they originated from the lost city of Gaur Lakhnauti – an old city that blossomed with the India-Bangladesh outskirt. Kalle bhai’s mission to seek the inceptions of this old city drove him to Bangladesh in 2011 where he found craftsmanship, makes and even tongue like that of Chanderi. He has penned his exploration and discoveries in a profoundly engaging book.

Another highlight of Chanderi saris is the kaala tika (dark recognize) that every weaver puts on the sari denoting its innovation and all the more essentially to shield it from the stink eye’s – a practice regular in India.

A portion of the conventional plans are Masrai Dadia Sari, Do Chashmi (both sides can be worn), Daadi Dar, Baane Bar and Mehandi Bhari Haath. One ace weaver has been weaving the Mehandi Bhari Haath sari since 1976. Chanderi textures are precious to the point that they are dealt with like an infant, with most extreme care. Legend has it that Chanderi was the most prized texture of Akbar’s court. With lessening sovereignty, Chanderi texture likewise observed ruin underway and gifted experts. At the point when Madhav Rao Scindia I acquired the position of royalty, he built up a preparation place for the weavers of Chanderi.

An inside that is making waves over the city and the nation is Chanderiyaan-a group of weavers some portion of Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and Media Lab Asia. It is a social entrepreneurial activity towards managing jobs of the Chanderi weavers group. Set up in the Raja Rani Mahal where legacy leaks through every single divider, Chanderiyaan is an open door for weavers to sidestep the heavy system of mediators and offer their manifestations straightforwardly in the worldwide market. That is the reason they call it the Digital town of Chanderi.



Originators from everywhere throughout the nation come to Chanderiyaan to build up their weaves and saris. It felt awesome to see advanced strengthening permitting the art to live long and thrive.

The weavers be scratched in my memory for a considerable length of time to come and the weavers might keep on reminding me of their rich legacy, pride and humility. The flawlessly created saris will wrap me around in their sheer brilliance. With a would like to return sometime in the not so distant future, I bade salaam and left this grand city.

About the craftsman

Neethi Goldhawk is an autonomous artist and material print originator who cherishes drawing all things marvelous, propelled by nature and life. She has represented for stages like Redbull Amaphiko and Launchora. Her pseudonym (Goldhawk) was prepared in the swarmed space of her mind loaded with preposterous characters, who are however little kids on a fundamental level.

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