Chanderi occupies a special place in Indian hearts for its weaving specialty and unique production using finely textured fabrics. It is available in variants of silk, cotton and mostly a mix of silk and cotton, known colloquially as SICO. These are amongst the most renowned handloom clusters, which are embellished with woven work and have an unmatched sophistication which have made it highly patronized among the royalty since centuries. The Chanderi fabric is known to be transparent and have a sheer texture. These sarees are generally decorated in woven motifs (buttis) from the traditional floral, peacocks and coins to the contemporary geometric designs.
The standard SICO Chanderi sarees are beautiful and have the best of both fabrics. The sheen of silk and the softness of cotton. This makes it a versatile saree and can be worn both in summer and winter months. There are monochrome sarees with zari borders and aanchals as well as all-over printed ones. Being light-weight, it is a perfect choice for daily wear and easy evening wear too.
The fabric gains its name from a town in Madhya Pradesh, Chanderi, which has been a popular centre for traditional weavers of this type of sarees. Lord Krishna’s cousin, Shishupal is believed to have discovered Chanderi in the Vedic Period.