Chanderi Kurti Madhya Pradesh
The Famous Chanderi Fabric
Chanderi, which is amongst the best known handloom clusters, occupies a special place because of its centuries old weaving specialty of producing finely textured fabrics of silk and cotton embellished with zari woven work, and more specifically because of its saris that have been patronized by royalty. Chanderi is known to have its origin back in the Vedic Period, and is believed to have founded by Lord Krishna's cousin, Shishupal. The Chanderi produces three kinds of fabrics: Pure Silk, Chanderi Cotton and Silk Cotton. The motifs have come a long way from the traditional coin, floral and peacocks to the geometrics. Chanderi Saree, a product intricately woven by hand interspersed with the delicacy of the extra weft motifs that has for times immemorial satisfied the refined tastes of the royalty.
Situated between the hills of Vindhyachal in the state of Madhya Pradesh in the Ashok Nagar district, North of Madhya Pradesh (MP), evolution of Chanderi began in 1890's when the weavers changed from handspun yarn to mill made yarn. In the year 1910, the royal family of Scindia brought the Chanderi saree under their patronage and during that period gold thread motif made its presence in the main body of the cotton muslin saree for the first time. It further led to the introduction of the silk yarn and over the years dobby and jacquard use came into existence. Keeping in view the changing demand scenario, in 1970's, the cluster went forward to weave yet another variety of fabric which combined a silk warp with a cotton weft. Some of the various beautifully striking motifs include "Nalferma, Dandidar, Chatai, Jangla, Mehndi wale haath" etc. With around 3,500 looms in working condition, 18,000 people are directly or indirectly dependent on the industry for their living.
A Chanderi fabric is famous by the name of Chanderi town in the north of Madhya Pradesh. Chanderi is known to have its origin back in the Vedic Period, and is believed to have founded by Lord Krishna's cousin, Shishupal.
The fabric is a result of traditional methods of hand weaving that have been developed over the centuries and passed down through generations.
Evolution of Chanderi began in 1890's when the weavers changed from handspun yarn to mill made yarn. Around 60% population of Chanderi town are involved in the manufacturing of Chanderi fabric.
The Chanderi produces three kinds of fabrics: Pure Silk, Chanderi Cotton and Silk Cotton. Its a combination of silk warp with a cotton weft. Its a storied fabric, known for its transparency and sheer texture. The transparency is a unique feature, which is not commonly found in any of the textile product all over the country.