India has a rich and ancient heritage in fine textiles. It’s a refreshing feeling to see our Indian ancient clothing designs trending since centuries. Saree is the symbol of Indian culture that represents our ethnic values. (Double Ikat) Patola is a double tied woven sari, usually made from silk. It is made in Patan, Gujarat. There are three families in Patan that weave these highly prized sarees. It is said that this type of weave is taught only to the sons of the family.
Just like Pure Silk sarees, they are expensive and were only worn by the women belonging to the royal and aristocratic families. They used to dress in patola silk for weddings and auspicious occasions. Patola-weaving is a closely guarded family tradition and to create patola, both the warp and weft threads to resist the dye according ti the desired pattern of the final woven fabric. This tying is repeated for each colour that is to be included in the finished cloth. The technique of dyeing the warp and weft before weaving is called double ikat. The bundles of thread are strategically knotted before dyeing.
Patolas were amply used in the 17th and 18th centuries and has never lost its value and heritage till now. The motifs and perfectly calculated design always remains the same so that the statement look can be maintained and kept as it is. Patola always has floral motifs, walnut motifs, parrot motifs, dancing women motifs, leaf motifs, animal motifs in geometrical arrangements.
Patola Saree – Patola sarees are unmatched as per their brightness and depth of the colours that makes the design and thread weave more noticeable. They are highly tenacious and long-lasting. Patola weaving requires a lot of precise mental calculations, vivid imagination, patience, undivided attention and dexterity of hands. Patola sari is a lifetime investment that endures for over 100 years!
Because of Patola’s popularity and demand, you will also find lehenga cholis and dresses made in this design. The magic of Patola is undeniable. An investment in Patan patola is perceived as equivalent to investing in gold – such is the value of this historic weave.