The legendary story of Paithani can be traced to Satvahana Era (some 2000 years ago). Since then, it has been flourishing without any obstacle. As per the tradition goes, real Paithani is known to be hand woven pure silk and gold or silver thread. What make this style exclusive are the intricate designs on pallu and border. In fact, one can see floral and various other motifs taken from Ajanta Caves. It is the sheer hard work of weavers that lends Paithani sarees a special identity and style.
Belonging to the state of Maharashtra, Paithani art is known for fine weaving of embroidery and complex bleaching/ dyeing of the material. It is, in fact, a merger of ethnicity and classicism. In the earlier times, the legacy of Paithani spoke through plain saris with heavy zari border and ornamental pallu. As the tradition has undergone several modifications, the use of peacocks, stars, circles and flower motifs have been lending grace to the entire piece. Along with this, golden and silver threads are used for zari work, so as to make the saree look imperialistic. Needless to say, Paithani saris are a fine example of Maharashtrian culture.