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The classic Paithani Sari goes back 2000 years! This ravishing sari embodies the values of traditional pride, artistic dedication, indigenous culture, and perfection of detailing.
The Paithani is magical – woven with resplendent colours, it glistens and dances like the feathers of a peacock, its pallu seem to float on a river of molten gold. The sari was considered precious in the splendid city of Pratishthan ruled by the legendary Shalivahana, in 200 B.C. (now Paithan in Aurangabad, Maharashtra).
Today a Paithani sari costs from Rs. 6000.00 to almost Rs. 7, 00,000.00. The sari is weaved from natural silk or cotton with precious gold and silver threads that give Paithani the Midas touch.
The Paithani sari carries the cultural legacy of Maharashtra; it has a special place in the life of women, the pillars of every family and society.
What we at Red Polka (www.redpolka.com) love about these saris, is its amazing pallu (end-piece), adorned by delicate and intricate motifs inspired by nature, and the tales they tell.
The Bangle-Peacock motif (Bangadi-Mor) signifies the bangle, as sign of Saubhagya, traditionally represented completeness of being a woman. Peacock, the bird of paradise indicates beauty, royalty, wisdom, wholeness, dignity, and love. The Peacock also carries a sense of energy that comes from its renewal of feathers every year. Its association with Goddess Sarswati represents benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion, and luck.
The Muniya or Tota-Maina motif, symbolizes the beauty of a parrot. Parrots are a sign of love and passion.
The Lotus or Kamal Pushpa is a motif that closely resembles the murals of Ajanta Caves located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. It is the sign of replenishment. The Lotus closes in the evening and falls into water. But in the morning, it opens up lifting itself above the surface of water. It also represents essence of life in addition to representing royalty, beauty, and purity.
The added sense of greater beauty and aesthetics in motifs such as Asawali– geometrical figures, Amarvell – flowering wine, were introduced with the passage of time.
Depending on design, details and size, it takes an artisan one month to two years to weave a Paithani sari. As a legacy of love and care passed down from mother to daughter for generations, Paithani holds its place as the most precious piece of heirloom that every woman in Maharashtra possesses.