Frost-Gray Ikat Handloom Saree from Sambalpur with Temple Border and Woven Rudraksha on Pallu

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Experience the timeless grace of Orissa handloom with our Frost-Gray Ikat Sari from Sambalpur, a tribute to the rich tradition of Sambalpuri sarees. This exquisite drape boasts a Temple Border and delicate Woven Rudraksha motifs on the pallu, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship of the region. Tiny motifs scattered across the body of the saree add to its charming allure. Whether it's a regular day or a special occasion, this sari effortlessly embodies the essence of Sambalpur's heritage. Adorn yourself in the artistry of this handloom masterpiece and revel in the elegance of Orissa's textile legacy.

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Weaving a story: The Making of an Ikat Saree

Ikat textile is not an indigenous art that originated from India but it is believed to have come from Indonesia and other countries such as Malaysia, Cambodia, and Thailand. The word “Ikat” has come from the Malaysian/Indonesian word Mengikat which refers to tying a bundle of yarn or threads together. The weaving style of Ikat sarees is special and unique. Although the motifs and patterns on these sarees may look simpler, it involves a complex weaving technique that gives a distinctive look to them. Ikat sarees are much loved in India for they add grace and elegance to a woman's overall beauty. The Ikat textile art has been practiced in India for over a thousand years and in recent years or decades, it has majorly developed in three states which are Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Gujarat. Eventually, these regions evolved their own style of designing and weaving Ikat sarees so much so that they are in high demand even in the international fashion world.

The characteristic designs of Ikat sarees are little blurred, multicolored and complex or complicated patterns, and the most common motifs are squares, hearts, paisleys, hexagons, diamonds, etc. The process of producing Ikat patterns requires hard labor and is usually done by skilled and experienced artisans. The steps involved in the process are as mentioned below:

1. Yarns are tied and dyed

Ikat patterns are developed by a special technique called the resist dyeing method. In Ikat art, instead of producing designs on fabric or the finished cloth, they are formed in yarn made of either cotton or silk. In the first step, the yarns are tied in a bundle and are wrapped or folded around a horizontal and/or vertical axis. The bundle is covered with wax or some other dye-resistant material with the desired pattern and the required color is applied. This process (tying and dyeing) is repeated several times until all the colors required are applied to complete the design.
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2. Yarns are spun

Now the dyed yarns are dried and spun using the winding machine. Then the required length of yarn is cut off from the spinning machine and is ready to be woven into fabric.
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3. Weaving is done

Once the yarn is dyed, the threads are unbundled and wound onto the loom as warp (longitudinal yarns) and weft (latitudinal yarns). The yarns are aligned properly in a way that the exact desired patterns and motifs are obtained. Thin bamboo strips are lashed to the threads to avoid their tangling or slipping as the loom is geared up to weave them. The designs that are formed out of the dyed yarns appear blurred rather than clear or sharp and this is the most important and main trait of Ikat sarees.
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Since Ikat designs are created by directly dyeing the yarns rather than the cloth, they are formed on both sides and hence there is no need of giving a special finish to the saree. Ikat sarees come in many varieties of designs and patterns. Simple patterned sarees may take between 20 to 30 days to complete while the process may even go on for months to produce a detailed saree. Ikat sarees remain one of the most sought-after sarees among Indian women and their love for these is only increasing day by day.
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