Lighter than ordinary silk and dressier than cotton, Chanderi has slowly made its way into the fashionable Indian's essential.
The rich and vibrant fabric is named after the place Chanderi located in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. Chanderi is believed to have its origin back in the Vedic Period. Another legend says that this method of weaving and combining threads was found by Lord Krishna's cousin, Shishupal.
Today, Chanderi produces three kinds of fabrics: Pure Silk, Chanderi Cotton and Silk Cotton. Their motifs have come a long way from the traditional coin, floral and peacocks to the geometrics.
Fabric is generally the combination of three raw materials: cotton, silk thread, and zari. All of these materials are imported from other regions in India, as well as China, Japan, and Korea. The colors of this fabric are both natural as well as chemical.
The hand-woven silk has a light, sheer quality that sets it apart from the bulk textiles produced in factories.