Odisha ikat cotton fabrics are handwoven textiles made in the Indian state of Odisha (formerly known as Orissa). These fabrics are known for their intricate patterns and vibrant colors, which are achieved through a unique dyeing and weaving process.
“Ikat” refers to a dyeing technique where the yarns are tied and dyed before being woven into the fabric, creating a pattern that appears as if it was printed onto the cloth. The ikat process is done entirely by hand, and the resulting patterns can vary from simple stripes to complex geometrics or figurative designs.
Cotton is the primary fiber used in Odisha ikat fabrics, although silk and other fibers are also used in some designs. The cotton yarns are typically handspun and handwoven on traditional looms, resulting in a slightly irregular texture and thickness that adds to the fabric’s charm and uniqueness.
Odisha ikat cotton fabrics are used to make a variety of garments, including sarees, salwar kameez, and men’s shirts. They are also used in home decor, such as cushion covers, tablecloths, and curtains. These fabrics are highly prized for their beauty and craftsmanship and are exported all over the world.
Handloom Fabrics of Odisha
Avacado Green Sambalpuri Pasapalli Handloom Cotton Ikat Fabric