Nanchi, Patan Patola Saree, Patan, Gujarat • Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday!

Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday – Patan Patola Saree!

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.

Patan Patola Saree, Patan, Gujarat • Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday!
Patan Patola Saree, Patan, Gujarat • Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday!
Loom, Patan Patola Saree, Patan, Gujarat • Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday!
Loom, Patan Patola Saree, Patan, Gujarat

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?
Nanchi, Patan Patola Saree, Patan, Gujarat • Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday!
Nanchi, Patan Patola Saree, Patan, Gujarat
Close Up of Loom in Patan for Patola Saree in Gujarat
Close Up of Loom in Patan for Patola Saree in Gujarat

Some of the fun facts you might like to read!

30 thoughts on “Nanchi’s Fun Facts Friday – Patan Patola Saree!

      1. Oh of course! I hadn’t done the math in that direction. In that sense – a lakh or even a few seems like a bargain for six months of someone’s hard work.

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  1. Wonderful, Madam..!! Loved the intricate details of Patan Patola sarees.. 😊😊
    Learnt a lot of new information on these sarees. One interesting feature of these sarees is the fact that it can be passed through your ring with ease. I don’t think any other variant of sarees made on Earth can match this level of skill and dexterity.
    Nice to read and learn from you again.. 😊😊

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    1. Yes, you are right Abir. The Patola was made in such size that they can pass through the ring. Also, did you know? The Patola of Patan keeps its color for approx.300 years!! And the loom is operated only by hand and no mechanical motions which you can not find anywhere else in the world. We are so proud of such a rich culture and artisan.

      Have a happy weekend! 😊😊

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      1. Absolutely.. It’s without doubt that India has a rich cultural heritage.. 😊😊
        Thank you Madam for sharing the same..!!
        Take Care and Have a great weekend yourself.. 😊😊

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  2. This was such an informative post N. I heard about patola sarees but didn’t know about the efforts it takes to weave one. I think Indian art and artisan’s work should be given more coverage to reach out to greater people.

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  3. The patola you have shared is so strikingly beautiful. My kind of colour & print. The weaved sarees of different states are a prized possession….. Infact an heirloom!

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