Chanderi


Chanderi fabric represents a unique process of weaving, dying and design using both silk and cotton threads; produced in the historically significant, one thousand year-old city of Chanderi. Situated on an ancient trade route, Chanderi a densely forested area in north-central Madhya Pradesh is a community of skilled weavers continuing the tradition of crafting fabrics on various handlooms. What makes Chanderi fabric special, in addition to its sheerness and lightweight quality is how it is woven. A weaver will stretch silk warp manually before rolling (warp being the lengthwise threads typically held in place by a loom into which cotton weft or cross-wise threads are woven) thus giving exquisite fineness to the thread. But the most unique characteristic of Chanderi fabric is its design, usually done with the help of extra weft. Generally, golden-hued zari thread is used for this purpose. This testifies to the previous tradition of using of real gold thread; as Chanderi fabric was mainly supplied to the erstwhile native royal courts of India. This royal tradition is still very much alive in today’s Chanderi fabrics.