Berhampuri Patta, also known as Phoda Kumbha sarees and jodas, have a rich history dating back to the 14th century AD when they were introduced by the Mohuri king in Berhampur town in Odisha. Berhampur is also known as the silk city of India, and for good reason. The Berhampuri Patta silk saris are unique in that they are made in pairs – a sari for the women and a matching joda for the men.
What sets these saris apart is their typical Odishi weaving style, which is characterized by the famous temple style designs known as ‘phoda kumbha‘ or ‘badhi kumbha‘. The weavers engage in a precise and intricate process, with two weavers working on each throw shuttle pit loom to weave the phoda kumbha at the border. The result is a stunning and intricate design that is a testament to the skill and dedication of these weavers.
These saris were once the pride of Odisha and were worn by brides for their wedding ceremony. However, despite their rich history and exquisite craftsmanship, the Berhampuri Patta sarees are now flailing. It’s important to appreciate and support the handloom industry and the weavers who dedicate their time and skill to creating these beautiful works of art.
The handloom sarees of Odisha are a visual treat for anyone who loves traditional textiles. The state has a rich heritage of weaving, with each region having its unique style of saree making. The variety of colours, textures, and designs found in Odisha sarees is truly breathtaking.
The intricate weaves and embroideries on these sarees speak volumes about the skill and creativity of the weavers. Whether it’s the ikat weave of Sambalpuri sarees or the delicate embroidery of Bomkai sarees, each style has its unique charm.
And let’s not forget about the fabric itself – the softness of the silk and the crispness of the cotton used in Odisha sarees is unmatched. It’s no wonder that these sarees are highly sought after by women all over the world.