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Odisha handlooms

The handlooms of Odisha have gained worldwide acclaim and reputation for design and quality. Various designs have existed in Odisha such as Sambalpuri, Bomkei and Berhampuri. Odisha is also famous for its Ikat type of weaving.

The ikat weaves created by an intricate process called the "bandha" in which warp and weft threads are tie-dyed to produce the pattern on the loom while weaving. The Berhampuri Pata are heavy silk sarees with narrow borders, generally woven without any intricate motifs.

The Saktapar sari, from the weaving looms of Sambalpur, Bargarh and Sonepur are identifiable by the double ikat checkerboard pattern (passapalli) and brocade border.

The other typical varieties of Odisha saris, in silk and cotton, include the glossy Khanduas having elaborate designs, the rich red jotai ikat with rows of stylized trees and temple spires on the borders, the unbleached cotton kotpad from Koraput offset by a vibrant red dyed border, the Taraballi and the Bichitrapuri.


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