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EMBROIDERIES OF INDIA / PATOLA WORK / MOTIFS


PATOLA WORK

Motifs

One can see visually enchanting traditional designs like geometrical figurines juxtaposed against plants, birds and animals etc. Traditional designs bear names like chowkadi (square), chhabdi (basket), chokta (box), laheriya (strips), narikunjer, navratna, paan (leaf), phulwadi (floral), panchphul (five flowers) and sarvariya; these patterns don most of the creations. The designs commonly found on Patan patolas have remained constant for centuries. The main designs found on this fabric are the Nari Kunjar, the Ratanchawk, the Phul bhat and the Navratna. Other popular motifs include Voragaji, Chhabdi Bhat, Chokhta Bhat, Chanda Bhat, Pan Bhat, Phul Bhat, Laheriya Bhat, Tarliya Bhat, Zumar Bhat, Sankal Bhat, Diamond Bhat, Star Bhat, Butta Bhat and Sarvariya Bhat.

The Nari Kunjar is the motif of an elephant, made of gopinis. Lord Krishna is seen riding this elephant in many patolas.

The Ratan Chown Bhat has floral motifs in geometrical form. Akhrot Bhat is comprised of walnut motifs, while Popat Kunjar has parrot motifs. Mahras Bhat has motifs of dancing women.