Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, India is known for its exquisite and finely woven Maheshwari fabrics. The Maheshwari Salwar kamiz are exclusive for their unique designs on silk and cotton with a fine use of zari.
Distinctive features of the Maheshwari cotton salwar suits are the light weight, shiny lustre, and a fine display of colours, with brilliant motifs on the kameez, and an attractive dupatta to match. The chudidar kameez is known for its brilliant display of stripes, checks and exquisite floral borders with complementary contrast borders and tantalizing wide zari borders.
The Kameez and Dupatta are particularly noted for the colourful stripes and attractive bootis of leaf and mango in varied colours such as green, pink, magenta, mauve, violet etc. which lend the fabric a mesmerising look. The border is also adorned by trendy designs. Some of the popular patterns in use even today are that of brick and diamond. It serves for a variety of occasions. The use of silver zari on the borders of kameez and chunni made it widely popular in the market. While the royal offering has been the saree the Maheshwari salwar kameez is no less sought after.
The Salwar kameez or shalwar kamiz, with covering piece dupatta or chunni, is worn in India and a few neighbouring countries in the Asian sub-continent.
Today also favoured as stylish fashion apparel, across India and in many countries with Indian population overseas like US, UK, Canada etc., it is also an accepted alternative for the versatile Indian saree. The Salwar suit has evolved from a traditional dress to reach the level of a modern style statement. In vivid, vibrant colours, exquisite designs and a lot of other adornments, it has been a favourite along with the saree for Indian fashion designers to experiment upon.
The Maheshwar loom has buttas or motifs and borders made on shuttles involving an intricate system of weaving. Coupled with innovations it has given the Maheshwari salwar kameez a pride of place as a fine traditional fabric. Elegant geometrical block printed motifs on the Maheswari cotton shalwar suit with a zari patti border is a refreshing change and makes for comfortable wear throughout the day. It suits corporate office goers, college professors and those in similar professions and is also preferred for festivals and traditional occasions. Maheswari sico salwar suits decorated with thread embroidery, are stylish and could be worn for conferences and social gatherings. The printed Maheswari Sico shalwar kamiz with patch border in zari is most alluring wear and an eye-catching proposition for parties.
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