Chandrakala Paithani Saree (1880-1890)

333.8 x 49.0 in

Bhanu Athaiya's Personal Textile Collection

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Chandrakala often referred to as Kali Chandrakala (black paithani with heavy butti all over 9 yards), is a special saree of Makar Sankranti, a unique day when the black drape is acceptable. A misconception is common where Chandrakala has to be black. Navy blue or midnight blue is thus a perfect replacement. The Chandrakala is in deep navy blue color giving a realistic sense of night sky filled with shining stars. A fabric is added on the upper tucking side to indicate that the person wearing it was taller than usual and needed extra width.

Cotton, Silver Zari (Gold Plated + 5% Gold Content)

Bridal 9 yard saree 


Khawle Kath/ Narli Kath or coconut border hand weaved all over rupiya butti, jaal pattern above pallu and akruti frame with zari filling pallu.

Paithani, Paithan, Maharashtra

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