A glimpse of Chanderi

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Chanderi, famous for its hand-woven sarees, is a renowned centre for traditional weavers of sarees. The Chanderi sarees have unmatched sophistication and are popular among the Indian upper middle class saree wearers. The traditional weaving of Chanderi fabric is mainly done for making sarees and suit materials. Chanderi fabrics are known for their sheer texture, light weight and a glossy transparency.

The production of Chanderi has been protected by India as a Geographic Indication (GI). This is a sign used on products with a specific geographical origin, which have certain qualities because of the place they have originated from. As a WTO member country, India passed the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and protection) Act in 1999, which enables the registration and better protection of GIs relating to products. India has petitioned the World Trade Organization for the recognition of Chanderi as a GI product at the international level as well.

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A glimpse of Chanderi

  1. 1. A glimpse of Chanderi Artsy India www.artsyindia.com Authentic Traditional Indian Handloom products
  2. 2. A cloudy day in Chanderi..
  3. 3. You can find these boards quite often all acrossall across Chanderi..
  4. 4. Outside view of a weaver's house in Chanderi..
  5. 5. The Handloom set up, often referred to as Khatka. These handlooms have kept the tradition of Chanderi alive for over 900 years..
  6. 6. The bags filled with sand, to keep the threads taut.. It takes for a weaver to set up the loom for a particular design or combination around 5 to 7 days, after which the production of a saree begins..
  7. 7. The sarees are woven in the handloom upside down. Hence, a weaver has to repeatedly check the saree using a mirror.
  8. 8. A small non-working model of a handloom (khatka)
  9. 9. A hand equipment used in the making of a Chanderi saree..
  10. 10. The speciality of Chanderi sarees is that the design goes along with the weaving, and are not embroidered. It takes anywhere between 4 to 30 days to make a saree in the handlooms.
  11. 11. Chanderi is primarily a cottage industry, with weavers making sarees in their homes. A weaver family normally has 2-3 handlooms in its home, and a family weaves an average of 8-15 sarees every month. The image shows a weaver lady sharpening the tool used in making of the saree.
  12. 12. It's not at all difficult to spot a Bapu's Charkha in Chanderi..
  13. 13. Chanderi is also locally known for it's Sitaphal (Sugar-apple). The image of the son of a weaver atop a sitaphal tree.
  14. 14. Thank You! Visit www.artsyindia.com to buy Authentic Chanderi sarees online! Cash on Delivery available for India delivery. To stay updated with latest Chanderi Saree designs, Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chanderisarees.in

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