Chanderi Fabric

Chanderi Fabric

What is Chanderi? 

Chanderi is a lightweight fabric. It is characterized by its sheer texture and luxurious feel. Chanderi fabric is made by weaving silk and golden Zari in the cotton yarn. When it is weaved like this it results in a shimmering texture which gives shine to it.

The word Chanderi is derived from a small town in Madhya Pradesh where weavers practice the art of producing textured sarees in cotton and silk and decorated with Zari work.


  • Since ancient times, Chanderi town is popularly known as one of the best handloom clusters in India where Chanderi fabric was woven using handspun cotton warps and wefts.

  • But the evolution of the fabric began in the 1890’s when weavers in the town of Chanderi replaced hand spun yarns with mill mad yarns. But, Chanderi fabric is known to have its origin way back in the Vedic Period and was founded by Lord Krishna’s cousin – Shishupal.

  • In the year 1910, Chanderi sarees were patronized by the royal family of Scindia and it was during that period when golden thread motif made its presence in the cotton muslin saree for the first time. But during the Mughal reign, popularity of this fabric reached new heights and was the most favored choice of queens in India. In the 1930s, Chanderi weavers in Madhya Pradesh discovered Japanese silk.

What Makes it Stand Out

Chanderi fabric is shimmery and transparent in nature. When buttis and motifs are embolished in Chanderi fabric it gives a unique appearance to the fabric. 

Texture Coarse and uneven
Fall Yes
Shine Lusture
Sheen Transparent 

Application & Usage 

Highly used in clothing  products like Chanderi silk sarees, suits, dress material, dresses, tunics &tops etc.

Clothing Yes
Home Furnishing

How to Judge the Authenticity of Chanderi?

  • The buttis made on Chanderi fabric are handwoven.
  • The Chanderi fabric is coarse and uneven.
  • The handwoven motifs are stronger than machine made.
  • The fabric has a original shine and transparency.

Care Instructions of Chanderi

  • Wash it in cold water.
  • Do not expose Chanderi fabric to sun. Dry in shade always.
  • Avoid ironing Chanderi fabric.
  • For retaining the shine of zari, do not spray perfume or deodorant on the fabric directly.

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