Apparel : Maheshwari Sarees


The word “Maheshwar” in Hindi means Great God, an epithet of Lord Shiva. The city lies on the north bank of the Narmada river and served as the capital of the great Maratha queen – Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar. She embellished the city with many buildings and public works, and it is home to her palace, as well as numerous temples, a fort, and riverfront ghats.

Maheshwar is the home of one of India’s finest handloom fabric traditions.  It is noted as a centre for weaving colourful Maheshwari sarees. These cotton sarees are weaved with distinctive designs involving stripes, checks and floral borders. They are extremely light and easy to wear. The hand looms also make fabric material used for making kurtas and other clothing. The weaving centre is located in one of Maheshwar’s historic buildings. About 130 weavers associated with the process produce over 100,000 meters of fine fabrics a year.

Elegant Maheshwari saree in lime green shade, purchased from the fort complex.

It was when husband dearie was undergoing a course at Mhow, that I got the opportunity to visit this historic town. It is located at a distance of about 90kms from Indore. It is a fascinating experience to see the weaving process of the saree in its traditional form. The colours of the Maheshwari sarees are made using natural vegetable dyes and the border is reversible, therefore one can wear it from either side. The grandeur of the forts of Madhya Pradesh and their designs have played an important role in inspiring the motifs of the Maheshwari sarees.

Here are some pictures from our trip to this beautiful city and of these gorgeous sarees.

Shopping Tip- Do purchase a saree from the shop located inside the Maheshwar Fort complex, they have the best collection and are completely authentic.

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Statue of Rajmata Ahilya Holkar at Maheshwar Fort


The Maheshwar Fort
The Narmada Ghat
Maheshwari saree in pastel yellow bought from Fort complex 
Perfect pastel shades for summer, Available on Jaypore
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An elegant Maheshwari saree in ivory shade, available on Myntra
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The old-world charm of black, available on Myntra 

7 thoughts on “Apparel : Maheshwari Sarees

  1. Fantastic collection and that too a priced possession. With the amount of remarkable history this species of six yards of clothing carries makes it an axiomatic collection for every fashionista. Deliberately analysed and deeply explained by the writer; makes the reader fall in love with the “Maheshwaris”.
    A must travel and superb collection.


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