The traditional costume of the women of Maharashtra in India is the nine–yard long saree called the Nauvari saree. Mostly used by the Marwari or Marwadi women of Maharashtra, Nauvari saree is worn without a petticoat and is worn in kaccha style. These saris are woven mainly by using cotton threads. Recently silk threads are also used in the making of Nauvari handloom sarees.
It is said that during the reign of the Marathas, women were trusted with the responsibly of helping their male companions in the times of war. For the easy and comfortable movement the Maharashtrian women introduced Marwadi kaccha style of sari wearing.