Paithani is a variety of sari, named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad where they are woven by hand. Made from very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in India.
Paithani is characterised by borders of an oblique square design, and a pallu with a peacock design. Among other varieties, single colored and kaleidoscope-colored designs are also popular. A pattan (Paithani) is a gold and silk sari. Paithani evolved from a cotton base to a silk base. Silk was used in weft designs and in the borders, whereas cotton was used in the body of the fabric. There was a time when silk was imported from China. Now Yeola and Paithan buy silk from Bangalore.