Paithani Sari, Silk


Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Paithani sari derives its name from Paithan, a city located on the northern bank of the river Godavari in Maharashtra. Historically Paithan was ruled by several dynasties- from the Satvahanas (230 AD) to the Nizams (1724-1958) who patronized woven textiles, playing various roles in the local textile production and design vocabulary of the area. The distinct feature of the Paithani saree is the brocade pallavs (long trailing part of the sari), which is woven with a weft of gold thread. The body of this sari is in an earthly dark green colour that contrasts with the red and gold border and pallav. Devoid of design, this piece is unusual for the simplicity with which the pallav has been woven in a plain weave.

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  • Title: Paithani Sari, Silk
  • Date Created: 1890/1950
  • Provenance: Yeola, Maharashtra
  • Creator: Unknown


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