Paithani Shela (1880-1890)

60.0 x 125.0 in

Bhanu Athaiya's Personal Textile Collection

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60" wider shelas were typically made for men from royal/higher families, the length of which often lasted up to 4 yards. Draped as running from one shoulder to the floor. They wererich and overfilled with zari. Women did use wider shelas but Maharashtrian royal women preferred their shela draped on both shoulders. This Shela, instead of using standard heavy butti configuration, is created with jacquard assisted jaal indicating it was for the higher status owners or special occasions.

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

For Royal family men/women. Shela draped as one side on the shoulder and rest following all the way to the floor from the front.

Handloom with jacquard.

Khawle Kath/ Narli Kath or coconut border with jacquard assisted jaal with butti pattern. Akruti frame with zari filling pallu on both sides.

Paithani, Paithan, Maharashtradesign).

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