Since the fifth century, Maheshwar a small town in the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh has been a centre of handloom weaving and is known for its colourful Maheshwari saris. The sarees have distinctive designs including stripes, checks and floral borders. The Maheshwari community of weavers are also found in Kutch. Each Kutchi weaver is believed to be associated with a Rabri family that would provide him with yarn from sheep and goats. The designs woven into the fabrics were often inspired by and depicted daily life. In today’s day and age, the process of weaving Maheshwari cotton begins with dyed yarn that is untangled and stretched to make it tighter. A Charaka is then used to reel them into small balls of yarn that are then used to weave the fabric. Authentic Maheshwaris have designs inspired by temples and palaces and even a mat pattern. The fabric today is also used to make dupattas, kurtas, shirts, stoles, sarees and more.