The hand-woven Maheshwari sarees of Madhya Pradesh, famous across the country and abroad, also charmed former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa.
Madhya Pradesh handicraft and handloom’s outlet Mrignayanee, which has branches across the country, used to make sarees available to Jayalalitha in Chennai.
“She was very fond of Maheshwari sarees. She was a regular at our outlet in Chennai and many times she placed order,” said Munnalal Sharma of Mrignayanee, Bhopal.
“She used to like three designs in her Maheshwari sarees – vertical lines, bugdi and jala. The first one, as the name suggests, used to be vertical lines of golden or silver thread on the saree, the bugda design featured zig-zag patterns of various threads on it. The jala design was also her favorite. This featured thread designs like a spider’s web on the saree,” elaborated Sharma.
On being asked about the colours, Sharma says, “We were always advised to get these designs in sober colours. Pastels were her favourite.”
“Jayalalithaa used to don every saree with such poise and comfort that in a way she promoted the saree. There were times when women have sought sarees like the one Jayalalithaa wore,” said Samyukta Singh, Bhopal-based designer.