From time immemorial, the ubiquitous saree, worn by Indian women across the length and breadth of the country has stood as the tangible symbol of ethereal grace and beauty. A seamless length of the cloth, ranging from 5 yards to 11 yards, the charm of the saree lies in the mysterious drapes and folds with which it winds around the feminine form in myriad entrancing shapes and styles.
In the thousands of years of its evolution, particular forms of the saree have risen above regional usage and have achieved widespread preference and fame amongst the Indian women. Such are the saree of Madhya Pradesh. Primary among them are Chanderi, Maheshwari, Tussar and cotton coveted and sought by almost all women in India and abroad.
THE LEGACY OF QUEEN :
The sarees has its origin in the town of Maheshwar, established by the Queen Ahilya Bai. The intricately carved stone walls of her palace and temple are the inspiration for the elaborate patterns and borders of the Saree.
The saree woven from pure silk, is famous for its strength, elasticity and a unique luster of the fabric. The use of zari and particular texture and sheen of the "garbh reshmi" saree of Maheshwari give it a distinct identity amongst the wealth of Indian sarees and made it a much coveted item even in time as far back as 18th century India.
The city derives its name from the 18th century Indreshwar temple. Situated in the heart of the Malwa Plateau it was the base of the Holkars, former rulers of this erstwhile state. Indore, in fact, was planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar.
Rajwada: Two hundred years ago, this seven storeyed historical building formed the nerve centre of all trading activities.
Even today it stands proud in the market place, a silent tribute to the craftsmanship of unknown artisians of centuries ago.