Silk sarees have always been on top of every woman’s shopping list. Paithani Sarees are famous silk sarees manufactured in Paithan, Maharashtra. These sarees are mainly hand woven and have a distinguishing border with oblique square designs. A plethora of designs are available, one such is the peacock design on the pallu. Paithani sarees are available in a variety of colours and designs – monochromatic, kaleidoscopic, polka dots and so on.
The Maharashtrian brides traditionally wear the Paithani sarees on their wedding day.
Traditionally, a paithani was a silk and gold saree made for the sophisticated or the high profile customers. The body of the saree was made from cotton and the weft and border was made of gold. Today, paithani sarees have no trace of cotton and the silk used is bought from Bangalore. These sarees have evolved from cotton to a silk base. Since the Paithan town is close to Ajanta caves, a lot of Buddhist influence can be seen on the motifs used on the paithani sarees.
Motifs seen on the Pallu of the Paithani Sarees
Mor (Peacock), Muniya (parrot), asawali (a flower pot), panja (a geometric flower like motif), etc are generally seen on the pallu of these sarees.
Traditional colours of the Paithani sarees
A huge array of traditional colors makes Paithani sarees simply irresistible! Lavender, magenta, motiya, pearl pink, gujri, yellowish green, etc makes these sarees extremely beautiful.
The Peshwa rulers brought in a unique way of manufacturing a paithani. They made the borders and pallu out of pure gold mixed with copper. The proportion was 1 kg of gold to 1 tola of copper.
Paithani sarees are worn mainly at wedding functions and other high-profile events. The price range varies from a few thousands to lakhs of rupees, depending upon the craftsmanship and quality of the material used.
Let’s have a look at some Paithani Sarees
A hand-woven Paithani saree with a golden zari pallu is a great pick to wear at an engagement function, ring ceremony, baby shower, etc.
This orange Paithani saree is a perfect wear at weddings and receptions. The (mor) peacock motifs add an authentic touch to the saree.
This olive paithani saree with zari peacocks on the pallu can be worn for any festival occasion to portray a traditional look.
A bright purple paithani saree with zari and mor motifs is best for those who love to look radiant in a silk saree.
Bright rose colour paithani saree is a good choice to wear at a daytime event.
A dark green Paithani imparts a great vintage look to the person wearing the saree.
Paithani Sarees on the Runways!
Paithani has also made its mark on the ramp. Reputed designers have incorporated Paithani in their collections. As paithani is hugely famous in the south and what makes these desirable are the exquisite designs, beautiful colours and the zari weaving.
Take Look On Some More Paithani Sarees