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The process of producing ikat fabric is a long and arduous one. It is made by a complex process of tying and dying the design on bundles of yarn before the fabric is woven. The highlight of this weaving process is the blurred edge which arises due to the movement on the loom. The origin of the word ‘Ikat’ is Indonesian which means ‘to bind’. In Odisha, it is also called ‘Bandha’ and since 2007 is a geographically tagged product.
Kotpad Handloom, from the Koraput region is a vegetable-dyed fabric woven by the tribal weavers of the Mirgan community. This fabric was the first item from Odisha that received the Geographical Indication of India tag in 2005. Cotton yarn, Tussar silk and Aal tree roots are the main materials used. Organic dye is the most important aspect of these textiles.
Due to the natural origins of this fabric, it is weather versatile. The creation of these beautiful fabrics is highly labour intensive as it requires immense skill and patience. The motifs that adorn these fabrics are usually inspired by nature and daily life. Each piece is unique and is sure to secure a special place in your mindful wardrobe.
In an effort to keep this art form relevant, we have tried to marry modern sensibilities while keeping tradition alive. This is the beauty of buying handmade garments. Buying this garment adding a piece of traditional art to your wardrobe, the knowledge of which has been passed down through generations. All our offerings are handcrafted with utmost care. The subtle variations in colour/print, texture and finish bear the signature of being naturally produced.
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