Though originally woven in cotton, Pathani is now woven only with fine silken and zari threads. The rich saree tapestry flaunts unique motifs that are exclusive to Paithani like bangdimor (peacock in a bangle), Humaparindas (the pheasant), Narali (coconut), vine and Asavali (flowers) and the akruti (squarish floral motifs) to name a few. The colours are vivid and vibrant with some pure and some resulting from the blending of yarns of different colours in the weave. Usually the dominant colour in the border and pallu is different from that of the body.
Depending on design, details and size, it takes an artisan one month to two years to weave a Paithani saree. The artisan gives himself to weaving every thread that binds all elements of life into the ‘one’ without which it is just another fabric.
These rich and beautiful silken drapes, traditionally a part of every Maharashtrian bride’s trousseau, have now become a cherished possession of every Indian bride. They are passed on through generations as heirlooms.