Paithan is particularly well known for its Paithani silk sarees. Once a centre of trade, it was also the capital of the Satavahanas. Today it is an important excavation site. Jayakwadi dam close by is an ideal observation point for bird watchers. Paithani sarees are the famous sarees of Paithan. A heavily brocaded Paithani takes anywhere from six months to one and a half years to weave.