The variety and distinctive hand woven textiles of Odisha (Orissa) in unusual patterns and vibrant colours have supported a thriving cottage industry employing thousands. Even in a country which has for millennia, been famous for the variety and beauty of its textiles, orissa has undoubtedly all the best choices to explore.
Odisha (Orissa) is famous for its silk ikat weaves created by an intricate process called the “bandha” in which warp and weft threads are tie-dyed to produce the pattern on the loom while weaving. Typical design motifs include rows of birds and animals, fish, seashells, rudraksh beads and temple spires.
Sambalpur, Berhampur, Mayurbhanj and Nuapatna produce a striking range in tassar silk with a brilliance, glaze and texture that is unmatched. The rare silk fabric produced at Nuapatna in Cuttack district embellished with verses from the Gitagovinda is used to dress the idols at the Jagannath Temple. The masters are well versed with the centuries old art of silk worm cultivation and create silk ties, stoles, furnishings and dress materials apart from saris.
Thousands of weavers are inhabited in remote villages living with age old traditions, creating superb workmanship on silk, cotton, tusser fabrics. The weavers of each region work in their own distinctive style. The weavers at Nuapatna, who weave texts from religious scriptures into special silk ikat used for the rituals inside the temple. The southern Orissa Bomkai saris are also of high quality. Traditional saris and other varieties of cloth like bed covers, table linen etc are also brilliantly weaving by the weavers.