Woven together with silk threads in its warp (tana), and cotton in the weft (bana), giving the fabric a lovely, silken sheen, the Maheshwari is an outcome of pure love and is fine, extraordinary, and unique. Known for its versatility, it is one of the most covetable textiles and is believed to be the innovation of Queen Ahilyabai of Holkar. This fine fabric is an exceptional offering that has its roots in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh.
Essentially made with cotton and silk, the Maheshwari has a soft, lush sheen and is woven with distinctive designs including stripes, checks and floral borders. The uniqueness of Maheshwari lies in its weave, its translucence and finesse, and designs inspired by traditional motifs, or architectural embellishments found in the town’s temples and monuments. India was historically in its golden age, known the world over for being a producer of fine handloom fabrics that were exported and revered worldwide when Maheshwari rose to prominence. In addition, royalty has always had a big hand in the encouragement and propagation of most styles of traditional fabric weaving. To date, the perfect place to see the weavers working on their loom is the Ahilya Fort, which plays a key role in the revival of Maheshwar’s ancient weaving tradition. An impeccable specimen of royal patronage, it hoards a temple town’s weaving heritage.
The continuous clickety-clack of looms emanating from every little home is still the very heartbeat of Maheshwar, keeping its centuries-old handloom tradition alive.
Here are some of Jaypore’s finest Maheshwari collections to add a festive flair to your wardrobe this season. Every piece has been handwoven to perfection by the skilled and talented weavers of The Handloom School, Maheshwar, and aims to bring the authentic touch of the gilded craft to every drape and dupatta