Paithan is the modern name of the town on the river
Godavari, 50-km from Aurangabad ,
which gave birth and name to the well-known sarees, the Paithani Sarees.
Maharashtra is known for its Paithani silk sarees, which
generally come in "Kum-Kum" colours in combination with a
contrasting colour. Paithani are generally decorated with the gold dot or
The art of weaving Paithani sarees is 2,000 years old. The yarn used is pure silk and the zari or gold threads are drawn from pure gold. A heavily brocaded Paithani saree takes about six months to one and a half years to weave.