The beautiful Sambulpuri Ikat Saree is a delight to own and to wear. Having captured the imagination, of all women from celebrities to state officials, the cotton Ikat saree has made its place in every ethnic collection. These exquisite sarees stand out due to their vibrant colors, bold patterns and superior craftsmanship. Elegance, light weight, ease of comfort and ease of maintenance makes these sarees perfect for all occasions. The Ikat saree comes with the Handloom mark, which authenticates its traditional heritage status, and provides guarantee to the buyer that the product is a genuine Indian handicraft item, and is completely hand woven by traditional artisans. You can team it up it with matching jewelry to get a chic look.
This beautiful saree is in three colors, with Elephants, Konark Chakra and Peacocks. The border is black in color, Ikat and Rudraksh Dobby. The pallu is in black color base with parrot fish and lady with trumpet motifs in various Colors.
The Sambulpuri Ikat Saree
The Sambulpuri Saree is a traditional hand-woven saree from the western regions of Odisha. The traditional craftsmanship of “Bhandhakala”, or, the tie-dye art popularly known as Ikat, is employed in the making of these sarees. This technique dates back to 11th century AD, during the reign of the Chouhans. In order to protect the weavers, and this technique, Sambulpuri Ikat sarees are now included in the Government of India’s Geographical Indications (GI) registry. This weaving technique uses a process called as ‘resist dyeing’. The process starts with binding individual yarn, or, bundles of yarn in the desired pattern. The yarn is then dyed. The bundle may be rebound in a different pattern, and dyed again in another color to produce an elaborate, multi-colored pattern. This craft is known as Baandha. After the dyeing process is completed, the yarns are unbound, dried and woven into fabric. Since, the design is created in the yarn rather than on the cloth, both surfaces of the fabric are patterned.
The Sambulpuri Ikat sarees are woven using the double Ikat technique, in which, both warp and weft yarns are resist-dyed prior to weaving. It is the most difficult and elaborate process in the Ikat weaving technique. Traditional patterns include images of flora, fauna, shankha (shell), chakra (wheel) and geometrical motifs. These days’ new types of Baandhas depicting landscape, portraits and flower motifs are being created.
Care for your Saree
It is recommended that the saree be dry cleaned the first time. Subsequently, washing with a mild detergent separately, and then hanging it to dry in a shaded area will ensure the longevity of these cotton sarees. Do not wring or squeeze the saree.