Located on the edges of two cultural cities of Malwa and Bundelkhand, Chanderi is the origin place of Chanderi Sarees. These sarees are designed and woven in this city that is positioned in beautiful Vindhyachal ranges. According to mythology, this place was founded by Shisupal, cousin brother of Lord Krishna. It is believed that the culture of weaving started during the 2nd century in Chanderi. In the present scenario, this city has become a prominent center for traditional weavers of sarees. Owing to high demand, this place has become a hub for Chanderi Sarees. This saris are made with a combination of silk and cotton with a special weaving technique. Initially, only Muslim weavers were involved in producing sarees in India, but later in 1350 the Koshti weavers from Jhansi shifted to Chanderi. The business of Chanderi sarees was at its peak during the Mughal period.
With every passing year, the industry is going through advancements in terms of method of weaving, technology, tools and composition of fabric, etc. At Chanderi, designing and producing sarees is not a business, but is a heritage, culture and tradition that are carried out by some regional craftsmen and artisans. These artists are master weavers and are often patroized even by celebrities and royal families.
Initially, Chanderi fabric was woven with handspun cotton warp and wefts. Following the industrial revolution in the 1930's, the artisans founded Japanese silk. They used Japanese silk to weave silk sarees and mixed it with cotton fabric. In compared to older version of sarees, they got good profit along with appreciations because of the combination of silk and cotton. Unlike other kinds of sarees, Chanderi is an expensive and classy fabric.
In order to complement the charm and gorgeousness, Chanderi sarees are embellished with zari woven works that is generally woven by hand interspersed with the fragility of the extra weft motifs has for times immemorial pleased the refined tastes of the royalty. Chanderi saree has an amazing blend of traditional feel and modern look. Its sheer texture and transparency is highly appreciated among modern, fashion conscious people.
Chanderi saris are produced from three types of fabrics including pure silk, Chanderi cotton and Chanderi silk cotton. Nalferma, Dandidar, Chatai and Jangla, etc. are some popular motifs that can be founded on many sarees. When it comes to patterns, most sarees have traditional patterns such as old coins, flora art, peacocks, and geometric designs, etc. The artisans design the sarees using these patterns. To add class in the sarees, gold and silver brocade, fine silk and lavish embroidery is done by the artisans over the sarees.