Solapur Chaddar or Solapur blanket is a cotton blanket made in the Solapur city of the Indian state of Maharashtra.
These bed sheets are popular in India where they are manufactured using hand looms and are known for their design and durability. Solapuri Chaddars were the first product in Maharashtra to obtain Geographical Indication (GI) status.
Solapur is known for its textile industry. Once it had Asia’s largest spinning mills. The development of the handloom weaving industry in Solapur seems to have commenced during the regime of the Peshwas.
There were numerous small independent artisan weavers in the industry. Each artisan-house had one or two looms which were generally handled by the head of the family.
The family was the unit of work and the women and the children helped the weaver in preparatory processes and in some cases in dyeing also.
The rise of the modern factory in India in the 1970s altered the organisation of the local hand-loom weaving industry.
These blankets have been manufactured by Padmashali weavers from South India since their presence in Solapur in the 1950s. Many companies manufacture chaddars in Solapur district.
Apart from Maharashtra, Solapuri Chaddar has demand in Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan within India, while it also has demand in United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom and Canada.