7 Odisha handwoven fabrics for all traditional saree lovers!

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Saree is the traditional dress for Indian women. This costume is probably the oldest garment invented in India and is still considered the most beautiful and at the same time the most comfortable. The shape of this garment is made even more beautiful by weaving it by hand. Handwoven fabric sarees do not have any uniquely attractive qualities, but they will provide a livelihood for many people in Orissa. Here are some of the different Odisha sarees that should never go out of style.

1. Sambalpuri Ikat

Within the soul of Sambalpuri Ikat, vibrant hues unite, like a symphony of emotions cascading through time.

Reflecting Bhanda-style craftsmanship, Sambalpuri fabrics range from geometric patterns to landscapes, potlatit and other motifs such as Sankha (shells), chakras (wheels) and various hula (flowers).

2. Bomkai cotton

Bomkai cotton, thy fibers whisper tales,
Of artisans' hands, tirelessly crafting trails,
With nimble fingers, they intertwine dreams,
Creating magic with each stroke, it seems.

Bomkai, also known as “Sonepuri” fabric, is a handwoven textile produced by knowledgeable weavers in the Sonepur district. It has a GI tag. Bomkai sarees are a favourite among fashion enthusiasts and a need for an impressive saree collection.

3. Berhampuri Paata 

A masterpiece of artistry gracefully unfolds,
Behold, the Berhampuri Paata, a treasure to behold.

Also known as “Foda Kumba”, Pata Belhampuri has the GI mark and is famous for its temple pattern along the edges and pal area. There is another difference between this parterre. It hangs around Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Lord Devi at Jagannath Purihi Jagannath Temple.

4. Khandua Paata

Kandua Pata is famous for having the Gita Govinda inscription. This color is traditionally red or orange and comes naturally from flesh trees. This fabric is also GI registered and available from Cuttack and Maniabandhi.

5. Kotpad cotton 

A fabric that weaves dreams beyond compare.
Oh, behold Kotpad cotton, a magical sight,With hues that dance under the moon's soft light,

Woven by tribal people in the Koraput village of Kotpad, this GI-marked fabric is renowned for its organic dyeing. Vegetables are used to create the desired colors, with the main dyes being black and maroon.

6. Habaspuri

The traditional handwoven textiles of Odisha, India, called Habaspuri are made of cotton. One of this textile's main products is the Habaspuri sari.

Kondha weavers from Chichegud in Kalahandi district weave magic with registered GI with Havaspuri, one of Odisha’s main cotton fabrics with fish, flower and temple motifs.

7. Saktapar/Pasapali

A Bandha (Ikat) handloom sari woven mostly in the Bargarh district of Odisha, India, is the pasapali sari, sometimes referred to as Saktapar.

Famous for its distinctive double ikat checkerboard pattern, Saktapal is known as “Pasapari” and hails from the Bargar district of Orissa. Its most recognizable feature is the intricate pasar (checkered) pattern in contrasting colours.

In conclusion :

Choose an Orissa handwoven fabric, and let it become a part of your own narrative, a testament to your appreciation for artistry and your love for the cultural tapestry of India. Allow yourself to be captivated by the magic of these fabrics, as they weave themselves into the fabric of your own life, creating memories that will last a lifetime.