Situated on the boundary of two cultural regions of Madhya Pradesh, Malwa and Bundelkhand, Chanderi, placed in the Vindhyachal ranges is home to a wide range of traditions. Said to be founded by Lord Krishna’s cousin Shisupal, the weaving culture of Chanderi started during the 2nd and 7th century and today it is amongst the best known handloom clusters in the country. Specializing in producing fine textured Chanderi sarees of silk and cotton embellished with zari woven work intricately woven by hand interspersed with the delicacy of the extra weft motifs has for times immemorial satisfied the refined tastes of the royalty. All three types that get woven in Chanderi namely Chanderi silk saree, Chanderi cotton saree and Chanderi silk cotton saree display various beautifully striking motifs that include ‘Nalferma, ‘Dandidar, ‘Chatai’, ‘Jangla’, Mehndi wale haath. Known for their sheer texture, light weight and a glossy transparency which accounts for its delicate texture, it is a mix of traditional, modern techniques and deft skills of weavers honed by Chanderi that stands out as excellence in every sense.
History of Chanderi goes back to 11th century, when it was dominated by the trade routes of central India and was proximate to the arterial route to the ancient ports of Gujarat as well as to Malwa, Mewar, Central India and Deccan. The unique silk fabric produced in Chanderi is the result of traditional methods of hand-weaving that have been developed over the centuries, and passed down through generations. Originally, Chanderi was always woven using handspun cotton warps and wefts. It was spun as fine as 300 counts and was as prized amongst cotton fabrics as the famed muslins of Dhaka. Around the second half of the twentieth century, Chanderi became particularly famous for its sarees that were made with a mix of silk and cotton. Chanderi silk cottons are also known for their sheer texture, light weight and transparency. Typically worked and fringed heavily with handmade gold dots or motifs of golden thread, these silk cotton sarees have been patronised by royalty in the past. The first Indian product closest to being granted the GI status, a staggering 60% of the population of 30,000 has been involved in manufacturing and trading of this fabric for centuries.
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Since the dawn of civilization, handlooms have been associated with excellence in India’s artistry in textiles and fabrics, and sari which is considered to be the most ancient piece of clothing has been inspiring generations of artists and craftsmen to weave their dreams and visions into creating exquisite handloom sarees. However with passage of time, just like the clacking sounds of the looms, the dreams and visions of these weaves too are fading away.In an attempt to bring handloom sarees back in vogue, Shatika has begun a revolution; a six yard sari revolution is a humble attempt at bringing back the lost love for handloom sarees. Dedicated to creating a unique interpretation of the age old craft, we travel to all colourful corners of the country visiting weavers,guiding them on the latest trends so they weave out the age old tradition with a modern touch and bring them online so you can savor the delights of hand picking them from the comfort of your homes.