Traditional Marathi Paithani Silk Sarees & Types | Kolour

Updated: May 23

India is known to have many colourful cultures and customs. Traditional paithani silk sarees hold around 2000 years of unspoken tales. The craft has been performed by various artisans through out generations.

The Special Paithani Sarees are passed down from mothers to daughters through generations as heirlooms. Every Maharashtrian bride donns a Marathi paithani silk saree as part of the tradition and moreover love towards the heritage.

What is a Paithani Silk Saree?

Paithani silk sarees are hand-loomed with finest silk thread. The Paithani handloom sarees originate from Paithan – a small town in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The sarees have a unique weaving style which sets them apart from all other kind. The whole process of the craft is done by hand.

The Paithani saree's body is weaved using 'hand' in looms and the weaving process of the border and the pallu is very similar to the tapestry weaving technique where the front and revese sides would be identical.

The motifs and the designs of the Marathi paithani silk sarees are inspired from Buddhism due to their proximity of origin towards Ajanta Caves.

The motifs of the sarees are created by interlocking and tying the colored threads to the warp of the loom. In fact, even if you look at the reverse side of the saree, it will look as gorgeous as the front side.