your Paithani Saree
* Change folds after every use.
Do not spill any liquids on it.
Dry-clean locally in case of spill.
Protect during monsoon from damp weather.
* Do not iron. Roll press if necessary.
Expose to sunlight once every six months.
* Provide good air circulation when in storage.
Do not use naphthalene balls or chemical to protect from insects.
Drop few Cloves around to avoid insects.
Never use plastic or regular cardboard boxes to store.
Do not use hangers. Wrap in muslin cloth.
Store in Wooden chest or wooden cupboard.
The key element of a Paithani is its completely
hand-woven border and pallu. Woven between the weft and warp threads, it
creates almost mirror image of face design at the reverse side of the Saree.
This is the first distinction from machine-made (Power loom) Paithanis,
where a mesh of threads in the reverse are visible.
Today, many smart
techniques are applied to machine-made
versions such as carefully trimming the mesh of threads to give the
appearance of real Paithani.
Too much shine, large range of
colors in same design, non-natural range of colors is another sign where you
should be doubtful.
If you need to test the silk, remove
few strands from warp and weft and burn them individually. They all should
smell of human hair. This may not give you sense of quality but certainly
distinction between natural and synthetic mixture.
While searching for a genuine hand-woven
Paithani Saree use your instincts; when you find too precise a
symmetry (exact repetition of motif) and very fine details (many colors,
smaller motifs and micro details), you can easily surmise that it could be a
machine made variant. Join us in our mission of reviving the legacy of
hand-woven Paithani Saree. Be a proud owner of a Paithani
woven by the traditional weavers who possess and use techniques passed down
to them through centuries.
Machine Made Paithani: Note the details and repetition
This mesh of thread is result of Fly Shuttle like
embroidery. Machine made versions get rid of it by chopping off and
thermally sealing loose ends thus giving similar appearance of hand woven
Preservation of Paithani Saree!
Use Paithani more often. After every
use, let it breath for few hours and then wrap in muslin cover. Use few
cloves to protect from insects. Use wooden chest to keep your Paithani.
Avoid mica or board cabinets as they contain chemicals. Any sign of tear or
damage, consult and get it fixed.
More you will use your Paithani, it
will last longer. Enjoy it.
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