The town of Paithan in Maharashtra has been famous for a special kind of silk sari weaving which had gold borers and pallu having silk-brocaded motifs.
In most variants of zari brocades of India, gold or silver motifs were brocaded over the silk ground. But in the case of the pallu and borders of the Paithani sari, the ground was of gold and the decorative motifs in coloured silk thread. Motifs of geese, parrot, peacock, and stylised leaves, flowers and creepers in darkened tones of green, yellow, red and blue were popular.
In this particular example, the deep purple field of the silken sari is densely diapered with small paisley motifs, whereas the gold pallu has geometric simplification of scrolling floral creepers.


  • Title: Sari
  • Date: 1900/2000
  • Location: Paithan, Maharashtra
  • Physical Dimensions: L 270 cm x B 129 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Silk
  • Technique: Silk brocaded with gold zari
  • Period: 20th century


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