Chanderi Saris of Madhya Pradesh

In the heart of India beyond forests and valleys, is the famous weavers town of Chanderi in Guna district of Madhya Pradesh. Once Chanderi cottons were comparable to Dacca muslins. When the British introduced mill-made fabrics to complete with Indian handlooms the weavers of Chanderi created the present form of the Chanderi saris. They used a silk warp with a fine cotton weft without compromising on the intricate gold borders and jewel like buttis, and the weave continued to remain as delicate and exquisite as it was.

Colour was introduced into Chanderi weaving about 50 years ago. Till then only white saris were woven, which were then washed in saffron to give them their characteristic golden hue and fragrance. Flowers were also used for dyeing these saris into soft pastel colours. Now the saris are available in a range of light and dark colours with and without the gold borders and buttis. Plain colours are also woven to be used as a base for printing, embroidery and other embellishments.