Paithani (Marathi: पैठणी) is a variety of sari,
named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad Maharashtra state where
they are woven by hand. Made from very fine silk, it is considered
as one of the richest saris in Maharashtra.
Paithani is characterised by borders of an oblique square
design, and a pallu with a peacock design. Plain as well
as silver - gold butti designs are available. Among other
varieties, single colored and kaleidoscope-colored designs are also
popular. The kaleidoscopic effect is achieved by using one color
for weaving lengthwise and another for weaving widthwise.