Paithani (Marathi: पैठणी) is a variety of sari, named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad Maharashtra state where they are woven by hand. Made from very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in India. Paithani is characterised by borders of an oblique square design, and a pallu with a peacock design. Plain as well as spotted designs are available. Among other varieties, single colored and kaleidoscope-colored designs are also popular. The kaleidoscopic effect is achieved by using one color for weaving lengthwise and another for weaving widthwise. Paithani is a sari made of silk and zari. It is a plain weave, with weft figuring designs according to the principles of tapestry. Traditionally, Paithanis had a coloured, cotton muslin field that often contained considerable supplementary zari patterning. Materials used are three types of silk threads:
- Charkha: This is widely used. It is cheap, dull and uneven.
- Ciddle-Gatta: Fine quality silk, thin shear, shiny, smooth and even.
- China silk: Very expensive to use.
Subhamangalam Sarees & Ghaghras:
Sanskritik Sankul, Jhansi Rani Square, Dharampeth, Dharampeth, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440010
Shree Mohini Collection:
Nikalas Mandir Road, Itwari, Itwari, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440002
Dharampeth, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440010
Roopam Sarees & Dress Material:
Sadar, Nagpur, Maharashtra 440001