The state of Maharashtra is well known for its indigenous textiles. The Pune cotton sarees, the Nagpur cotton sarees, the Maheshwari sarees and the Paithani sarees are all manufactured in Maharashtra and are popular throughout India.
The Nagpur cotton saree is made on pit looms and is a speciality of Nagpur region.The origin of these sarees in the town of Maheshwar dates back to the 18th century. It is believed that Queen Ahilyabai Holkar who ruled the State of Indore patronised the weaving of Maheshwari sarees and took personal interest in weaving the saree.
Maheshwari sarees are characterised by two horizontal stripes on the pallu that is typically in a different colour from the rest of the body colour. Further, there are no prints or any work done on the body of the Maheshwar saree and it is left plain. These two features distinguish the Maheswari saree it from other types of sarees.
Maheshwari Sarees are in pure cotton or silk cotton. Usually the borders are in a contrasting colour and are left plain. There is minimum thread work or zari work done on the borders.
Available at Delhi:-Maharashtra emporium, Kalpana Sarees, Mrignanayani, Raw silk emporioum
Available at Chennai:-Kalpa Durma, Kumaran Silks , Kilol, Samasta
Available at Jaipur :- Kilol, Fabindia