About Chanderi Sarees
Chanderi, famous for its hand-woven sarees, is a renowned centre for traditional weavers of sarees. The Chanderi sarees have unmatched sophistication and are popular among the Indian upper middle class saree wearers. The traditional weaving of Chanderi fabric is mainly done for making sarees and suit materials. Chanderi sarees and suits are known for their sheer texture, light weight and a glossy transparency.
Originally, Chanderi sarees were woven using handspun cotton warps and wefts. It was spun as fine as 300 counts and was as prized amongst cotton fabrics as the famed muslins of Dhaka. After the Industrial Revolution in the 1930s, Chanderi weavers discovered Japanese silk and began substituting this in the warps in cotton chanderi sarees.
The production of Chanderi has been protected by India as a Geographic Indication (GI). This is a sign used on products with a specific geographical origin, which have certain qualities because of the place they have originated from. As a WTO member country, India passed the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and protection) Act in 1999, which enables the registration and better protection of GIs relating to products. India has petitioned the World Trade Organization for the recognition of Chanderi as a GI product at the international level as well.
Chanderi is a town of historical importance in Ashoknagar District of the state of Madhya Pradeshin India. It is situated at a distance of 127 km from Shivpuri, 37 km from Lalitpur, 55 km from Ashok Nagar and about 45 km from Isagarh. It is surrounded by hills southwest of the Betwa River. Chanderi is surrounded by hills, lakes and forests and is spotted with several monuments of theBundela Rajputs and Malwa sultans.
Chanderi is located strategically on the borders of Malwa and Bundelkhand. History of Chanderi goes back to the 11th century, when it was dominated by the trade routes of Central India and was proximate to the arterial route to the ancient ports of Gujarat as well as to Malwa, Mewar, Central India and the Deccan. Consequently, Chanderi became an important military outpost. The town also finds mention in Mahabharata. Shishupal was the king of Chanderi during the Mahabharata period.