However, over the years, with the advance of Power looms and synthetic fabrics which come at a much cheaper price, this traditional art kind of took a back seat. The town of paithan which used to be the known as the Capital of Art started losing its luster to modern times.
Fortunately, a few, true connoisseurs of art helped revive the centuries old Paithani tradition, worked with the few expert weavers and brought back to good life this rich but fading art of India.
We, through OnlyPaithani.com, intend to reach to the world and give them a feel of what the Indian art of paithani is all about. We bring you the best hand made pieces of Paithani, which like its said is nothing less than a poem woven in silk and gold.
About the Paithani:
The paithani is essentially a sari, hand woven in silk and gold thread with traditional motifs decorating the pallu and border.
Known as a poem, that is hand woven in silk and gold, Paithani Sarees are for those with discerning and refined taste. The art of weaving Paithani flourished in 200B.C., during Satvahana era and since then Paithani is coveted in India as a precious heirloom passing on from generation to generation. Exquisite silk from Paithani was exported to many countries and was traded in return for gold and precious stones. Sheer dedication and the faith of the weavers has kept alive Paithani silk work for more than 2000 years.
Intricate designs on pallu and border is a speciality of Paithani Sarees. Motifs on pallu are generally peacock, lotus, mango and other designs inspired from the world famous Ajanta Caves, which are in the same district.
Paithani Sarees can take between 2 months to 2 years to manufacture, depending on border, pallu design and the material used. A paithani would cost any where from Rs. 6,000/- which would have normal and less complex designs but can go upto Rs. 5,00,000/- which would not only have very rare and intricate designs but would also be woven with real gold and silver threads. The fabric woven in traditional ways even after many centuries is renowned as the “MAHAVASTRA” meaning "the great, royal fabric, fit to be worn for ones own wedding. No wonder then, It has long been an essential piece in any girls wedding trousseau.
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