Just like how diverse Indian tradition and culture is, the diversity and richness of textile in India and the state of Maharashtra is considered as the epitome of textile industry. Every state has its own signature style in dressing and weaving of fabrics. This is due to the influence of the culture, tradition and the geographical conditions.

Maharashtra tops the list with a great textile culture. Here various types of saris and clothing are available which may belong to that area of the state. For example Kolhapur, Pune, Aurangabad and Paithan are to name a few.

It is believed that the tradition of weaving dates back to 200 BC and clothes were designed mainly for royal families and nobles. The textiles here mainly used gold and silver threads and precious stones in the weaving. Some of the weaving techniques and traditions came into Maharashtra with the Mughals when the capital was shifted from Delhi to Aurangabad.

The uniqueness of the weavings in Maharashtra is that they are all fabrics are handmade hence they are a great addition to one’s wardrobe.

Different Types of Popular Weaving

 There are different types of weavings that are prevalent in the state of Maharashtra. Some of them are,

  • Paithani Saris: As the name suggests this type of saris comes from the region of Paithan which is 2000 years old. This is one of the oldest and richest saris weavings that is prevalent in India. Its weaving involves complicated works which only a highly skilled artisan could do. Due to complexity involved, its completion of weaving can take from six months up to a year. The main feature of this weaving is that these saris are completely hand woven. With richness in embroidery, designs and use of silk, gold and silver threads, it is mentioned as Mahavastra in various Maharashtrian literatures. Due to these reasons, it is known to be very popular and expensive.
  • Mashru and Himroo: These fabrics are the most famous in Aurangabad district in Maharashtra. These are fabrics made from cotton and silk. Both these weaving have come to Maharashtra when the Mughal capital was shifted to Aurangabad. Beautifully designed shawls, stoles are the most popular materials. The special weaving techniques used to make these fabrics more unique and elegant.
  • Narayan Peth: The traditional Maharashtrian saris come from Narayan Peth near Sholapur. These traditional saris are of great importance to the Maharashtrian women. These saris are made of silk with contrasting borders made of zari. The main feature of these saris is that mostly the designs are in rudraksha patterns.

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