Paithani silks and Himroo shawls at Aurangabad, Maharshtra
Another unknown weaver! He weaves his soul into Paithani sarees and shawls little by little, only to disappear for ever unnamed. He will be forgotten but he will leave behind the dream saree of a bride or a shawl to keep you warm. So engrossed is he in his work that not once does he look up to see the crowd around him. Focusing just on the design drawn on the tracing paper by his side, he chooses the golden and silk threads to be woven. It will take one whole day for him to make just one inch of the fabric.
This was the scene at the Himroo industry run by the Quereshis in Aurangabad.
Paithani Sarees at Himroo Industry in Aurangabad
The Quereshi family there is putting in a lot of effort to preserve this precious art of making paithani sarees. They have been promoting and preserving this art for the last 100 years. Cost of Paithani sarees can be anywhere between Rs.5000 to Rs.50, 000, some even more depending on the design. Add to that they have to pay the weavers well they explained. Therefore the price goes up. And when the saree becomes old you can sell it off for the gold and silver in it, so it is a good investment, they went on. Such priceless art pieces, can they be really rated?
All Paithani sarees there were tempting… beautiful combination of rich colors and traditional designs, one can only regret for not buying them. Himroo shawls are made of silk and cotton, and also from silk and wool. Glad I picked up some shawls from here. Proud that our country has such classy hand woven fabrics that no machine woven fabric can match.
Location Himroo Industry
Paithani Weaving and Training Centre