6 Unique things about Chanderi that a saree lover must know

After diamonds, Sarees are a woman’s best friend, and why not? The sheer elegance of this 9-yard wonder is a winner of hearts at every occasion! Our beloved country India is a treasure trove of traditional handloom fabrics with a variety of lovely saree designs one can choose from and amongst all of these, traditional silk Chanderi sarees hold a special place in the heart of saree lovers. 

Coming right from the central part of the country - Madhya Pradesh, Chanderi sarees are renowned for their unique transparent texture, light weight, warm to bold shades and intricate motifs. Together making it a thing of sophisticated beauty! Available across three different kinds of fabrics - Pure silk, Chanderi cotton, and Silk Cotton, behind it is a deep laden history of its origin and evolution through the years - from being discovered by a god to adorned gracefully by royal households. 



Here are 6 exquisite things about the Chanderi that will make for an interesting read and urge you to own a piece of this ageless fabric - 

The name 

The ‘Chanderi Fabric’ has been derived from the small town of Chanderi located in Madhya Pradesh. The centre of weaving was established in the state around 7th century BC, rose to prominence only in the 11th century when it became an important trade route for Gujarat, Mewar and the Deccan regions. The beautiful state holds a lot of historic and cultural significance! 

The history 

The weaving of Chanderi fabric gloriously bridges the gap between the traditional and the modern! Although it is said that the fabric came into existence since the 11th century, the Vedic scriptures suggest that it was found by Lord Krishna’s cousin - Shishupal. From the fabricated art being bought in by artists of Jharkhand to developments in industrial revolution, the fabric has gone through numerous stages of evolution. What a moment of pride for anyone adorning this fabric with an intriguing story and history! 

The intricate process 

How interesting is the fact that - The making of one fully finished piece of a Chanderi sarees takes at least 1 to 2 months for its designing, dyeing to the weaving process. 

The cotton yarns are sourced from different parts of the country - Bombay, Ahmedabad , Madurai while pure silk is procured from Kashmir or Bangalore. Even imported from China, Japan or Brazil! For the Zari work the threads used for fabricating the piece with embellishments is sourced from Surat. 

The designs for each saree are first painted on a plain sheet of paper, then recreated on graph papers called the Naksha or Talim. The sourced yarns are then dyed further in different colours for weaving and finishing of a Saree. 

At present, the Chanderi fabric is available across lively colours and soft shades of pastels, adding a sense of vibrancy and grace to a saree or any other attires made from this fabric. This makes it a perfect choice for bold women throughout the seasons of summer and spring. 

The surface 

The Chanderi sarees were known as ‘woven air’ for their delicate structure and a transparent look. It is said that The Maharani of Baroda who also patronized the royal weave, could identify the originality and finesse of the fabric by rubbing it on her cheeks. Moreover the fabric could also be folded into matchboxes! But what makes this fabric so light yet sturdy?  

It is Kolikanda - a special root from where the fine count cotton for Chanderi is extracted. A pure Chanderi silk is ultra soft with an uneven surface and a glossy finesse. 

The Royalty

The Chanderi has always been admired by the royalties amongst the kings and queens for its sophisticated look and design. Especially because of the gold zari borders and unique motifs designs! No doubt, the fabric flourished well under the Mughal era and the Rajput kingdom - from fine quality Chanderi turbans exclusively being created for Maratha rulers to being a preferred choice for gifting to amongst emperors. 

Motifs and Design 

One of the most intriguing thing of a Chanderi sarees is its serene motifs intricately embellished on the fabric. The round dots known as Butis are hand woven on the Chanderi fabric, using several needles varying in sizes, each motif is then coated with gold, silver or copper dust. The inspiration for these beautifully fabricated designs and patterns is taken from nature as well as abstract prints - floral art, peacock, geometric designs, coins and beyond. 

The Chanderi sarees are here to stay with their light weight, beautiful colours and unique designs. They are super comfortable to carry and give one a sophisticated look and style! A perennial attire, a Chanderi sari will always be treasured in the Indian heritage and culture and this makes for a good reason to own a piece and add some style in your wardrobe, the traditional way! Check out our top pick of sarees from the Handwoven Chanderi sarees collection - 

Purple Pure Chanderi Silk Saree 

This exquisite drape showcases an intricate all-over Meenakari Jaal motif, meticulously handwoven to perfection. The rich purple hue exudes a sense of royalty and sophistication, making it perfect for special occasions. Crafted from pure Chanderi silk, this saree drapes gracefully and offers a luxurious feel. Pair it with statement silver or gold jewelry and a classic bun to create a regal and elegant look. Embrace the timeless beauty of this saree and leave a lasting impression wherever you go. 


Red Pure Silk Chanderi Saree 

This magnificent Pure Silk Chanderi Saree ia embellished with a thinly constructed Tissue border of sheer comfortability and breathable nature, the courageous and bold palette of this Chanderi Saree blends the traditional customs flawlessly with the ingenious designs and patterns.


Teal Pure Silk Chanderi Saree 

A gorgeous piece handcrafted in pure silk, this Chanderi saree in teal blue color is soothing yet lively to the eye. Always a top choice of the women with taste, the intricate Nakshi border in Gold and Anardana booti design on the saree takes one back in time to the kings and queens. 


Author - Aarushi Sharma