MAHESHWARI— LOOM LORE
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