Understanding the Difference between Nuapatna Ikat and Sambalpuri Ikat from Odisha

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So, me and one of my buddies recently had a little chitchat about Nuapatna Ikat and Sambalpuri Ikat. You know, since a lot of fancy websites out there like to mix them up, we thought it’s high time we clear things up and discuss the differences between these two beautiful sarees.

First off, let’s talk about what Ikat actually means. It’s a fancy Indonesian word that can refer to threads, knots, or even the finished fabric itself. It’s all about tying and binding threads before dyeing and weaving them, resulting in some seriously gorgeous patterns.

Now, let’s dive into Nuapatna Ikat. This one hails from Cuttack district in Odisha and is created by over 5,000 talented weavers using mostly natural dyes. The important thing to note here is that Nuapatna Ikat is a single ikat, which means only the warp or weft is tied and dyed, and then woven in such a way that the design appears on the fabric. Oh, and it’s mostly a weft ikat, meaning the pattern only shows up as the weaving progresses.

On the other hand, we have Sambalpuri Ikat, a traditional handwoven ikat made in various parts of Odisha. The unique thing about this saree is that both the warp and weft are tie-dyed before weaving, which takes weeks to complete. The intricate patterns are a testament to the skillful craftsmanship of the ‘Bandhakala’, also known as Sambalpuri “Ikat”.

Now, the issue at hand is that a lot of websites and so-called “Saree gurus” out there are mislabeling Nuapatna Ikat as Sambalpuri Ikat. Not cool, guys. It’s important to do a bit of research and understand the differences between these weaves, especially since Odisha weaves are famous worldwide for their unique beauty.

Thanks for listening, and happy weaving! Don’t forget to spread the word about these amazing sarees. Who knows, maybe you’ll inspire someone to start wearing them too!

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