MA­HESH­WARI— LOOM LORE

India Today - - LIFESTYLE -

Ma­hesh­wari saris, which get their name from the town on the banks of the Nar­mada in Mad­hya Pradesh, are wo­ven from silk and cot­ton yarn. Ma­hesh­wari weavers reached their peak un­der the pa­tron­age of Ahilya Bai Holkar, the eigh­teenth-century war­rior queen of the Malwa king­dom. Ahilya Bai was known not only for her just rule, but also for her keen sense of ar­chi­tec­ture, turn­ing the mo­tifs of the tem­ple com­plex into de­signs for the borders of her saris. These are some of the ways in which you can se­lect a Ma­hesh­wari sari to take home a piece of his­tory.

( left) Por­trait of Ahilya Bai Holkar; Ahilya Fort

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