Silken soft texture, cotton weaves that go to an incredible count of 400, and zari borders — these are what define the Maheshwari and Chanderi saris of Madhya Pradesh. And, both have a fascinating history.

The Chanderi weavers came to Madhya Pradesh from Dhaka nearly 300 years ago, while the present-day Maheshwari weavers' ancestors are from Surat, Gujarat. By the 1940s, both Maheshwari and Chanderi weavers had begun to weave with silk in the warp and cotton in the weft.

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