The Story of Maahishmati
Mahishmati (IAST: Māhiṣmatī) was an ancient kingdom in present-day central India. It is located in present-day Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh, on the banks of Narmada River.
It is mentioned in several ancient texts, and is said to have been ruled by the legendary Yadava Haihaya ruler Kartavirya Arjuna. Mahishmati was the most important city in the southern part of the Avanti kingdom, and later served as the capital of the Anupa Kingdom.
Source - Wikipedia
The great queen Rajmata Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar of the Maratha Malwa empire moved the capital of her kingdom from Indore to Maheshwar and also revived the art of Handloom Weaving by calling in expert karigars. Since then the Handlooms of Maheshwar haven't stopped and have created a legacy of beautiful handloom silk and cotton sarees which are well-renowned and famous all over the world amongst Saree connoisseurs and enthusiasts!
We derive our name and inspiration from this ancient kingdom of Maahishmati and the legacy of Rajamta Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar.
It's our humble attempt to preserve this centuries old tradition of handloom weaving and support the karigars and their exquisite craftsmanship. Sarees are an integral part of Indian Women's clothing since thousands of years and it gives us immense joy to curate a collection of royal, timeless and classy Maheshwari Sarees - handmade with love, curated with passion!
PS - Maahishmati is also mentioned as the main kingdom in the 2 part South Indian block-buster movies - Baahubali.
Checkout the detailed story, design details in the pictures below:
The making of Maheshwari Handloom Saree:
Postcards from Maahishmati
We hope you enjoyed knowing the true story behind Maahishmati! If so, do let us know.
And if you can, do buy a Maahishmati Saree to help preserve the art of handloom sarees and support the karigars' community and their exquisite craftsmanship.
If you are a woman, you can always add one or two of these royal timeless weaves to your wardrobe and saree collection.
If you are a man, these weaves will make a perfect gift for your Maa, Wife, Sister, Daughter.
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