The beautiful design of the Maheshwari saree dates back to the 18th century in Maheshwar in Madhya Pradesh. These sarees were originally made of pure silk, but over time cotton threads were introduced into the weft.
The delicate Maheshwari fabric is woven with silk and cotton yarns giving it a soft texture and making it a perfect fabric for summer. The old weave is said to have been mentioned in Kautilya's Arthshastra. There is a tradition of offering Maheshwari sarees. The special feature of Maheshwari sarees is the reversible lacing, also known as bugdi, which can be worn on both sides.
"Maheshwar is an ancient pilgrimage town with a rich heritage of arts and culture. In epics such as the Mahabharata and the Matsya Puram, he is mentioned by the name of Mahishmati. It is said to have been built by King Mahishman of the Haihai dynasty. Maheshwar's fort was built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. It reached its cultural peak during the reign of Holkar Queen Devi Ahilya Bai (1767-95), whose capital was Maheshwar."