CHANDERI— A LIFESTYLE FABRIC
Rajmata Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad of Baroda’s mentions that Chanderi could be considered the ‘lifestyle material’ of Maratha rulers. Maratha royalty wore their Chanderi as nine-yard saris in soft pastel colours which reflected the sun beautifully. Their particular style of draping the sari was very important as seen in the imposing portraits of generations of Gaekwad women painted by Raja Ravi Varma. Each portrait depicts the Maharani with her sari pleats arranged elaborately at her feet, golden pallu glistening, the Chanderi fabric draped luxuriously over the blouse, creating a subtle glow.
A portrait of a Maratha royal lady by Raja Ravi Varma