For centuries, the handloom industry in Odisha has been famous for its diversity and beauty. Exporting hand woven textiles was a key economic activity in ancient times. Even today, this exquisite and artistic handicraft is popular throughout the world.
Odisha handloom sarees are famous for their vibrant colors, lustrous texture, intricate design and striking motifs. These sarees are made using both cotton and silk. Fabrics of this Indian state have a rich history too. Lord Jagannath in Puri is always adorned in one of the varieties of Odisha sarees. Historical evidence from the Jagannath temple in Puri suggest that these textiles were weaved with shlokas from the Gita and given to the Lord. The border designs in these sarees are inspired from the Jagannath temple and feature wheels, conch, flowers and fish.
Ikkat weaves are created using the process of tie-and-dye, which is also called ‘’bandha’’. Many regions across the world have their own version of tie-and-dye, but the fabrics from Odisha are exclusive, featuring fine weaves and innovative designs. The process involves resist dying techniques where the textiles are dyed in vibrant colors before the weaving process. The end product is unique and replete with harmonious and beautiful patterns.
The intricate ‘’bandha’’ process is a labor intensive and time consuming one that generally involves the skill of a number of master weavers. Many traditional weaver families are involved in the process of dyeing, spinning and designing the Ikkat sarees. On an average, only six cotton sarees and two silk sarees are completed in a month. Due to these laborious and demanding techniques, the price of the finished sarees often becomes high, but are every bit worth it.
Originating in the tribal areas of Sambalpur in Odisha; these ethnic weaves have been captivating the fashion world for quite some time now. Sambalpuri sarees include adornments ranging from geometrical patterns, to imageries of nature, and also religious themes like shanka and chakra. All these embellishments are handcrafted into the handloom silks.
While Sambalpuri cotton sarees are meant for daily wear as they are comfortable as well as fashionable, Sambalpuri silk sarees are preferred for special occasions like weddings and festivals, as they are truly a display of grandeur. They are woven using strands of mulberry silk, pure silk and tussar silk. The gorgeous hand woven borders and rich look of the pallu, coupled with latest designs make these silk sarees suitable for the finest of occasions.
Sambalpuri sarees portray the ancient art called ‘’Bandhakala’’. This traditional art form had once fallen into the shadows. Thanks to the painstaking efforts of Sri Radheshyam Meher and his supporters, this handiwork has been revived to its former glory. He invented a handloom that can weave textiles of ninety inches width. With the support of such aficionados, the community of traditional weavers is able to produce diversified and magnificent Sambalpuri sarees that are showcased in several textile exhibitions and online shopping platforms.
They are produced in Cuttack district. Wooden weaving machines are used for creating Khandua sarees. The pallus are designed with alluring handcrafted patterns. These sarees are visually very charming and also lightweight, weighing around 300 gms only. The mix of updated geometric patterns on the body and intricate traditional decorations on the border and pallu make for a wondrous creation.
The Odisha handloom sarees by Myroots.desi are a class apart. Delicacy of authentic silk combined with breath-taking designs appeal to the taste of ethnic fashion lovers. We suggest you style your Odisha drapes with offbeat terracotta jewelry for a modern look. When dressing for traditional occasions, temple jewelry is a great choice!