When you hear ‘lightweight’, ‘sheer texture’, and ‘luxurious feel’, what strikes your mind? It is simple to guess. These all are the characteristics of the luxurious traditional Chanderi fabrics. A fabric that took birth in the small town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh also got its name from its birth village. The Chanderi village in Madhya Pradesh is famous for producing textured sarees in cotton and silk. The beautiful piece of fabric is made by weaving silk and gold zari in the traditional cotton yarn that brings out a shimmering texture. This fabric has gained recognition as traditional wear. Chanderi fabric is majorly used to weave Sarees. The chanderi sarees are an impeccable choice for summers. Also, they really fit well for any traditional function or a get-together party.
The Chanderi town has always been recognized as a place for the best handlooms and that was woven using hand-spun cotton warps and wefts. But the real emergence of the Chanderi Fabric happened only in the late Nineteenth Century. However, as per historians, the chanderi fabric is as old as the Mahabharata. It is believed that this fabric was found by Lord Krishna’s cousin, Shishupal.
After the passage of many ages, it is believed that the trend of Chanderi picked up in the Twentieth Century when the Chanderi was frequently worn by the Royal family of Scindia. It was during this period only that the golden motifs made a presence on the chanderi sarees. And since then, they have become an inseparable part of the Chanderi fabric.
Features of chanderi
Chanderi is famous for its sheer texture and lightweight. It is also transparent fabric and therefore different from other fabrics. The characteristics of transparency is because of the single flature quality of the yarn used to make it. And being lightweight, it is easy to handle and carry. It is these qualities of chanderi that give them a special status of fabric in the Indian handloom industry.
It is not just that this fabric is used to make sarees. You can also find chanderi fabric being used by the designers to weave tunics and indo-western dresses.