Paithani Saree: Motifs and Meanings

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Published on: 16 July 2018

Ruchita Belapurkar

Ruchita Belapurkar is a conservation architect currently working in Mumbai. She has done her Masters from SPA, Delhi, and Bachelors from Pune University. She has researched extensively on the urban settlement of Paithan for her thesis on 'Traditional Maintenance Systems of the Vernacular Houses of Paithan'.

This photo documentation is a brief description of the motifs commonly found on a Paithani saree. Each motif has its own story, history and technique of weaving. The simplest motif is the Tota  (parrot) while the most difficult is the Bangdi Mor (peacock).