How to classify Paithani Sarees ?

How to classify Paithani Sarees ?

Nowadays, we discover wide range of patterns and materials of our all-time favourite saree- the
ethnic and sophisticated collection of Paithanis. So the question still remains how to find the perfect
match for you? Let us scroll through the elements of Paithani. Paithanis are blessed with the Midas
touch on the basis of 3 unique qualities- MOTIFS, COLORS and the WEAVING itself.


Since 2000 years, the traditional brocade works on the royal Paithani sets it above all other sarees
with a special significance of living in harmony with the nature’s elements.
Asawali, the motif of flowering vine is the special art dedicated to the Peshwas period. The floral art,
finished with 7-8 colors, is the most sought after motifs by women.
The bangdi-mor, or the bangle-and-peacock includes noticeable patterns on the pallu which is the
most expensive among all. The tota-maina or muniya motif includes green leaves and used popularly
on the borders. The traditional coconut border, called narali, was the most popular in ancient times.
Others like lotus, panja, barwa or geometric patterns are also being popular among the buyers.


The next unique feature of this saree is the shades of color ranging from shades and hues of bright
flashy colors, yet rich and abstemious for the eyes. Natural dyes in the form of flowers, rocks, plants
and vegetables are combined to be used for coloring.
Basically, the saree is classified into 3 colors- Kalichandrakala for a black saree with a red border
Raghu for a parrot green coloured sari
Shiroda for a pure white one
The paithani attains its charismatic look on account of its attractive color selection all around its
border and pallu.


The uniqueness in weaving lies in looms where all threads are keenly woven together for binding
them into a heavenly structure. Then arises the real skill of an artisan who dedicates his focus on the
ecstatic weaving process dealing exclusively with the colors and patterns.
On the basis of weaving, it can be either classified as kadiyal border saree, where the knitting
process uses two different colors OR the ekdhoti saree, usually with simple motifs and narali border.
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