The Story Behind Sambalpuri Sarees
Sambalpuri Sarees are traditional hand woven ikkats having rich heritage & legacy. These sarees are made with unique hand crafted designs laced with passion and the pride to keep the legacy continues. The urge to carry forward this legacy is the single binding factor for the weavers to continue with this profession.
Sambalpuri sarees are known for their incorporation of traditional motifs like shankha (shell), chakra (wheel), phula (flower), etc all of which have deep symbolism. Sambalpuri sarees are mainly produced in the western part of Odisha. Varieties of the Sambalpuri sari include Sonepuri, Pasapali, Bomkai, Barpali, and Bapta sarees which are in high demand. Most of them have been named after their places of origin and are popularly known as Pata.
This saree is one of the most popular traditional attire in India consisting of a strip of unstitched cloth ranging from four to nine metres in length. It undergoes a technique in which the threads are first tie-dyed and later woven into a fabric, with the entire process taking many weeks. The yarns are tied according to the desired patterns. The unique feature of this form of designing is that the designs are reflected almost identically on both side of the fabric. Once the fabric is dyed it can never be bleached into other colour. This versatile technique enables a craftsman to weave colourful designs, patterns and images into a fabric capable of inspiring a thought or conveying a message.
In the 1980s and 1990s they became popular across India when the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi started wearing them. Sambalpuri costumes now exist in different patterns and styles for which there exists a long list of celebrities & politicians who now love to wear these traditional ikkats and have acted as brand ambassadors to promote ikkats.
The main advantage of having on a sambalpuri ikkat saree is that the fabric itself is very soft, comfortable as well as durable as the yarn is much less stressed being handwoven. Its known for its breathability which keeps us cooler in summers and warm in winters.