5 SARTORIAL HIDDEN GEMS OF MADHYA PRADESH

A tasteful historical part of the central part of India, Madhya Pradesh maintains landmarks from all eras through the rich history that is a part of Indian culture. The landscape comprises many small towns renowned for textile and tradition. Known as the spiritual heritage it incorporates intricately carved temples, monuments and dotted with palaces, along with three UNESCO world heritage sites. It is naturally beautiful and calming amongst other Megalopolis with mighty mountain ranges, meandering rivers, panorama of wildlife and forest covers. The sublime nature of this state is sure to leave you spellbound and arouse a feeling of fondness towards art and the beauty of life.
 
Housing small towns famous for their craft, here is a list of 5 hidden gems of Madhya Pradesh.
 
 
Chanderi
 
Chanderi
 Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh
 
The picturesque 11th century town of Chanderi in the Ashok Nagar district has ample to discover. A humble town surrounded by hills and lakes, comprises glorious forts, weekly night markets, forts and Jain temples. Lending its name to the gossamer Chanderi fabric, this place is popular for its hand-woven sarees and enthusiastic weavers. Patronized by the Royal Scindian family and intensified in the Mughal area this fabric has luxurious drapes. There are three types – pure silk, silk cotton and Chanderi cotton with vintage patterns and now, modern geometric designs. The shine and quality makes it desirable among locals and international buyers.
 
 
Maheshwar
 
Maheshwar 
Maheshwari sarees the process of weaving a maheshwari
 
Situated on the banks of the Narmada River this place entails a unique architecture with overhanging balconies and crafted walls. There is a display of antique treasures like the Fort and Palace named after Ahilyabai Holkar the Maratha queen. The weaving industry here dates back to the 5th century and was championed by her. Maheshwari sarees are available in stripes or checks called Beli and Parba, and also in a plain version called Chandrakala. It is a blend of Coimbatore cotton and Bangalore silk yarn with reversible zari borders. One can peek into the making of the sarees in the local workshops while visiting Maheshwar.
 
 
Dhar
 
Dhar
 Hand block printing craftof bagh
 
A luring tourist site Dhar is famous for traditional hand block print called Bagh print which derives its name from the village Bagh. The fabric is replete with geometric and floral compositions using vegetable colours. The cloth made of cotton or silk is subjected to a blend of corroded iron fillings, alum and Alizarin. Skilled artisans pattern the designs which are washed and dried in the sun to obtain lustre.
 
 
Bhopal
 
Bhopal
 
The tale of two cities where the northern havelis, mosques and crowded markets converge with the sophisticated southern roads and luxury hotels concocting a paradise. This city of lakes is blotted with shops selling exquisite Mulberry and Tussar silk garments along with Pithora paintings, however the city is cherished for Zari and Zardozi work that is the exquisite sewing of precious metals like gold and silver on rich velvet, silk or satin fabric. The ensembles and bags created using this method look royal and is widely used by designers to mould grace and elegance

 
 
Ujjain
 
Ujjain
 Ujjain- The Simhasth Kumbh Mela
 
Famous for the Kumbh Mela, the largest religious gathering held every twelve years. This ancient city has now been selected by the Prime Minister to become one of the smart cities under his flagship mission. Handicrafts are a charm here and the place is prominent for the Batik print. Batik is a Javanese word and this technique of printing involves washing and dying. A pen-like instrument is used to mark the treated cloth, on which wax is allowed to flow through columns of wooden handles forming lines and dots as it glides over the fabric. The delightful prints created are a fashion favourite.

 

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