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2,300 year history of #Paithan and the iconic #Paithani Sari - from Satavahana era, Roman trade, Peshwas, to present
#Paithan was the capital of the Satavahana Dynasty, and had extensive trade with various other regions, including the Roman Empire. 2/n
#Paithan silk weaves were extremely popular among the Romans - this led to good trade via the sea route (Kalyan) and the old silk route. 3/n
Roman coins, artifacts have been found around #Paithan .. Paithan era Indian statues have been found in Pompei...points to the relations 4/n
The #Paithan silk continued to thrive for many centuries, through some ups and downs across the Rashtrakuta and other dynasties. 5/n
#Paithan silk weaving reached a peak during the Yadava Empire in 12th century... there capital was nearby at Devgiri (Daulatabad). 6/n
#Paithan suffered a setback after Khilji invasion and the defeat of Yadavas....but there was some revival and Persian design influence. 7/n
Another big revival happened during the 18th cent Peshwa era. The Peshwa Ladies were big fans of 'Paithani' silk and Paithan prospered . 8/n
After a sluggish demand over the past two centuries, local and global market has again picked up over the past 3-4 decades. #Paithan 9/n
#Paithan Saris or 'Paithanis' are hand woven and can take months to weave. The originals can cost from Rs 30,000 to a few Lakhs. 10/n
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