Saree or Sari is a traditional attire of Indian subcontinent. There are different kinds of sarees for different occasions. Some of them are Kanchipuram, Kerala or Lehenga Style saree. Why am I talking about this? Because today’s Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday is about one of the most popular sarees in India which originates from a small town in Gujarat – Patan. I am talking about the famous Patola saree from Patan.
Fun facts? Let’s read some….
- Patola is a double ikat woven sari.
- It is a complex process of tie and dying on the wrap and weft separately weaving.
- The weaving of one saree may take 6 months to a year to make.
- The range of each Patola saree is from 1 lakh to few lakhs.
- It does not have a reverse side as both sides have equal intensity of color and design.
- There are only 3 families in Patan that weave this highly precious patola sarees.
- Patola is believed to be a holy cloth and brings miraculous power to the one who wears it.
- The common motifs of Patola sarees are geometric designs of flowers, parrots, elephants and human figures.
- These days, as a sign of good wishes, Patola is gifted to daughters and daughter-in-laws in marriages.
- Patola requires a lot of patience, imagination, and undivided attention.
I visited one of the three families and was stunned by the amount of hard work goes behind weaving one sari. I got to see the loom and the intricacy behind the designs. Some of the members are the 16th generation in this family business of weaving patola.
Would you like to visit and experience it someday?
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