Handwoven Cotton Orange and Blue Dupatta - Pochampally Ikat
This beautiful handwoven Pure Cotton Dupatta is from the famed Pochampalli Ikat weaving tradition. The esoteric patterns on the stole are the hallmark of this weaving tradition from Telangana. Read more about the Ikat weaving tradition in 'Details' below.
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This beautiful handwoven Pure Cotton Dupatta is from the famed Pochampalli Ikat weaving tradition. The esoteric patterns on the stole are the hallmark of this weaving tradition from Telangana. Read more about the Ikat weaving tradition below:
Fabric: Pure Cotton
Dimensions: 90cm x 240cm
Pattern: Classic Pochampally Ikat patterns in Orange blue and grey
Washcare: Handwash in cold water recommended. Do not tumble dry. Do not bleach and do not expose this product to excessive heat and sunlight.
Imperfections and variations in the product cannot be termed as defects, as these are intrinsic to the handmade process
Colors in the picture might vary slightly due to lighting in the studio
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Ikat Weaves of Yadagiri Bhuvanagiri – A Kaleidoscope of colors and patterns
Yadagiri Bhuvanagiri district is 80 Km from the famed city of Hyderabad (Telangana State) as the Jeep plies. Nestled amidst the barren hillocks are the towns of Choutuppal and Bhoodan Pochampally where artists weave their magic into different kinds of fabrics. This is one of the three centres of Ikat weaving in India (the other two being Sambalpur in Orissa and Patan in Gujarat). As one watches mesmerized, these artisans weave patterned fabrics from dyed yarns – it is quite akin to watching patterns unravel in a kaleidoscope.
The word “ikat” originated from the Indonesian and Javanese languages, and it means ‘to bind’. The Ikat style of weaving refers to the resist technique of dying yarns. Tie-dye and batik are other resist dyeing techniques. In Ikat technique bundles of yarns are first bound by rubber bands and dyed, resulting in the desired patterns on the yarns. This dyeing process may be repeated several times depending on the intricacy of the final design. Once the colors are all dried, the bindings are removed and the yarns are ready to be woven into fabric. In sharp contrast, in tie-dye and batik techniques the fabric is woven first and then dyed to impart the patterns on the cloth. Ikat has three types of weaves:
- Warp Ikat – In which warp yarns are dyed in multiple hues whereas the weft yarns are dyed in a single solid color
- Weft Ikat – In which weft yarns are dyed in multiple hues giving rise to the final pattern, whereas warp yarns are dyed in a single solid color.
- Double Ikat – In which both weft and warp yarns are dyed using the resist technique and contribute to the final pattern on the woven fabric.
Ikat technique has been used by many cultures the world over - Central Asia, East Asia, South, Central and North Americas. Ikat is still prevalent in Argentina, Bolivia etc. In Japan this technique is called ‘Kasuri’. The subcontinent has a long history of Ikat production dating back to the 7th century BC; it is also one of the few centres where double ikat is still produced. Telia Rumal style of weaving from Nalgonda district of Telangana is a classic example of double ikat. Weavers of Ikat technique use a variety of fabrics like cotton, silk or a mixture thereof. Ikat style of weaving has received a GI tag in 2005.
Pochampally ikat sarees are famous for geometric patterns. However, modern Pochampally sarees borrow heavily from the Patola sarees of Gujarat, which means that the motifs are a mix of elephants, parrots, dancing girls and flowers. The traditional motifs are interspersed within the geometric grid, that is unique to the saree.
Also, keeping with the times, weavers have diversified their product offerings as well. Products on offer vary from sarees to dress materials, dupattas and stoles, bed linen, curtain fabrics et al. For mass market products like bed linen and curtain fabrics power looms are being used in order to increase productivity. However, sarees are still woven by hand.
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