The Paithani sarees are woven in the Paithan region in Maharashtra. They are gorgeous silk sarees in bright colours. The Paithani sarees are characterised by the following:
- Bright colours in the body and contrasting colours in the pallu ( some of the colours are orange, blue, pink, green and magenta).
- Gold bhuttis or dots on the body of the saree.
- Geometrical designs made with zari on the border.
- Intricate motifs with zari and coloured threads of peacocks, lotus or mangoes on the pallu.
Available at Delhi:- Nalli, Maharashtra emporium, Gujarat Emporium
Shops in Chennai:- Tulsi Silks, Nalli
Available at Bangalore:- Angadi Silks
Creating the Paithani Sarees
Vegetable dyes are used to colour the sarees. Very high quality of silk is used in the warp & the weft when weaving the saree. These sarees were worn by queens and princesses. Even today, it is included in the wedding trousseau of brides. The mulberry silk for weaving the Paithani saree is sourced from Bangalore and Mysore. The zari threads are sourced from Surat in Gujarat. The Government of Maharashtra has promoted the Paithani weaving technique by skilling weavers.