BUY­ING A MA­HESH­WARI

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Ma­hesh­wari fab­ric is a blend of cot­ton and silk. A rel­a­tively sim­ple Ma­hesh­wari sari will cost about Rs 3,000. Saris priced at less are likely to have syn­thetic yarn in them mak­ing the sari less soft than an au­then­tic cot­ton–silk Ma­hesh­wari.

The bor­der of a Ma­hesh­wari sari looks the same front and back. It has a del­i­cacy to it and you will not be able to tell the dif­fer­ence when you look at it from ei­ther side. The pat­terns on the borders are usu­ally bor­rowed from the ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails of Ahilya Fort in Ma­hesh­war and the pallu has hor­i­zon­tal lines.

Tra­di­tional colours for a Ma­hesh­wari sari are old rose, turmeric, or­ange–saf­fron and fuch­sia. Ma­hesh­wari saris do not re­quire dry clean­ing. They can be washed eas­ily by hand at home and can be line dried and ironed.

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