By Rida Abbasi | Chanderi
Chanderi is situated strategically on the borders of Malwa and Bundelkhand. The history of Chanderi goes back to the eleventh century when it was dominated by the trade routes of Central India and was proximate to the arterial route to the ancient ports of Mewar as well as to Malwa, Gujarat, Central India and the Deccan. Consequently, Chanderi became an important military outpost. The town also finds mention in Mahabharata. During the Mahabharata period, Shishupal was the king of Chanderi.
Chanderi is a town in Ashoknagar Districts of the state Madhya Pradesh in India. It is situated at a distance of one hundred twenty-seven kilometres from Shivpuri, thirty-two kilometres from Lalitpur, fifty-five kilometres from Ashok Nagar and about forty-six kilometres from Isagarh. Chanderi has fourteen thousand stone houses and boasts of three hundred and eighty-four markets, three hundred and sixty spacious caravan sarais (resting place) and twelve thousand mosques.
The town of Chanderi replaced handspun yarns with mill made yarns. The popularity of this fabric reached new heights and was the most favoured choice of queens of Mughals in India.
Traditional weavers of Chanderi practised the art of producing textured sarees in cotton and silk decorated with fine Zari work. Chanderifabric holds significance in the Indian handloom industry. Furthermore, Chanderifabric is classified into some types – Chanderisilk cotton, pure silk and Chanderi cotton.
In the year 1910, the golden thread motif made its presence in the cotton muslin saree for the first time. Chanderisarees are an exemplary choice for summer wear as well as for ceremonial dressing such as weddings or pujas.
In addition to this, Chandericotton sari is a wrap of replacing with it and that’s how the Chanderisilk variety came into existence. The traditional motifs of flowers, peacock, lotus to modern geometric patterns, today one can find strikingly beautiful adorning the Chanderisarees. However, with changing times, vibrant combinations of red and black. The fineness, sheer texture, and glossiness of the fabric have fascinated many creative minds of the fashion industry.
Undoubtedly, Budhi is a small Village inChanderi Tehsil in Ashoknagar District of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is part of the Gwalior Division. It is located fifty-two kilometres towards the East from District headquarters, Ashoknagar. Budhi is nineteen kilometres from Bamori,Chanderi, two hundred and seventeen kilometres from State capital, Bhopal. The Pin code of Budhi,Chanderi is 473446 and postal head office is inChanderi. There are some nearby Villages to BudhiChanderi, namely Sakwara (nine km), Hirawal (ten km), Nanakpur (eleven km), Pranpura (eleven km) and Churari (twelve km).
The site consists of the ruins of around 55 temples as well as possible secular remains. All surrounded by a fortification wall. The temples are mostly of Jain affiliation. Three of these Jain temples have come under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India and are hence in a much-preserved state as compared to the others which lie in the state of serious dereliction.
Chanderihas temples, Bundela and Rajput monuments, hills, lakes and forests. Widely known for its Zari saris. Don’t forget to share your views of this place!
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