Sambalpuri sarees – slightly ‘hatke’ (different) types

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Sambalpuri sarees have their origin in the tribal belt of Sambalpur, in Odisha State, India.

An ethnic offering that employs the traditional skills of ikkat weaving and tie and dye method in its making, Sambalpuris come in both silk and cotton fabrics as well as blends.

The Ikkat style of weaving is employed in the hand-woven Sambalpuri saree using geometrical patterns. Ikkat is a technique which involves applying bindings, which resist dye penetration to the threads in pre-determined patterns, and then dyeing the threads. These dyed threads are then woven to produce the desired pattern. Within the ikkat style are variants of single-ikkat and double-ikkat.

Alternately the tie-die method of weaving and then dyeing, known as ‘bandhakala’ is also used. Here the threads are first woven and the resist bindings then applied to the fabric before dyeing it

Shanka, chakra, or floral pattern motifs may be seen on the base fabric, with designer colours and patterns chosen to provide the traditionally woven saree, the modern look.

Sambalpuri cotton sarees find preference for daily-wear as well as for casual occasions and generally housewives and college-goers choose to wear them.

One such variant, the ‘Sambalpuri Bomkai saree’, whose print has a more appealing look on account of depictions of nature, animals and birds, is preferred for traditional functions and festive occasions.

The grander Sambalpuri Silk Saree is woven using the same methods but with the threads being pure silk, mulberry silk, or tussar silk. Latest designs and unique patterns with hand woven borders and artistic pallus produce a rich look, making them suitable for marriages and bridal wear.

The Modern designer sambalpuris are creative wonders.

You have brilliantly hued designer pure sambalpuri silks that look ravishing and grand and a perfect choice for weddings and exclusive occasions. You also have the fine fusion varieties  of sambalpuri features incorporated in the Rasipuram silk weaves of the south to produce breath-taking designs and thread work creations.

Tribal reverence for Lord Siva and his rudraksha beads has inspired the rudraksha collection.

Rudraksha, is a seed from an evergreen tree and is traditionally used for prayer beads (the traditional 108) in Hinduism. It is from Rudra (another name for Lord Shiva) and Aksha (eyes) or in other words Shiva’s eyes or pertaining to them. Rudraksha grows in the Himalayas and some specific regions of the world. The seeds show variation in the grooves on their surface, and are classified according to the number of divisions they have. Different qualities are attributed based on the number of grooves. The one with five divisions is considered to be symbolic of the five faces of Shiva. It is generally worn around the neck with a gold chain. Rudraksha Malas (necklaces) have been used since ancient times by Hindus and Sikhs as rosaries. Rudrakshas are also used in the treatment of various diseases in Indian traditional medicine. They are believed to have medicinal and spiritualistic benefits.

The Sambalpuri silks have incorporated the rudraksha weave and ikkat prints in many of their offerings to evolve an entirely new range of Rudraksha weaving Sambalpuri sarees. Eye-pleasing colours, soft textured prints with attractive motifs, make this an exclusive set of ethnic weaves.

Unnati Silks has the unique distinction of being able to provide almost any traditional style fabric in its ethnic style and modern fusion format. With more than 300 plus varieties to choose from, it would take more than sheer will power for a buyer to finalize a purchase in a short time.

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